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Students under 18

According to British Law everybody under 18 years of age is considered a child.

ABC School of English primarily caters for students over 18 years old and whilst we welcome students who are under 18, it should be understood that we do not provide 24 hour supervision.

We do not accept students under the age of 16 on any courses.  Students under the age of 18 will study in multilingual classes with adults.  

All staff are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Services). 

The school provides accommodation for students under 18, and for welfare reasons, these students are placed with homestay families.  Students placed in homestay accommodation will be subject to designated times to return to their homestay in the evening.  The school will liaise with all adults who might be in contact with under 18’s, including admin staff, teachers, homestay hosts and group leaders, if applicable.   

Parents, legal guardians or their nominated representatives will be asked to be in touch with the school and provide a 24 hour contact number and full address in London.  The school will provide a 24 hour emergency number and the host’s full details.  A consent form for independent travel must also be signed.  

If alternative accommodation is arranged privately by parents/guardians, the school will also require full contact details and consent to travel.  

The school’s social programme is not specifically designed for students under 18. Certain activities however, may be suitable and students will be advised if there are any social events for under 18s during their stay.  It should be noted that students attending any social events are expected to arrange their own travel home.  We strongly advise all students under 18 to return to their homestay with a friend or by authorised taxi, especially if during the evening.  Students should always have sufficient money to pay for lunches and for transportation in and around the city. 

ABC School recognises its responsibilities with regards to students under the age of 18 and is committed to a practice which protects children and young adults from harm.

The schools Child Protection Policy is available upon request.