Looking after the students in our care is our number one priority. As proof of this, in our most recent British Council inspection (2016), we are proud to have been awarded seven areas of strength, including care of under 18s, quality assurance, care of students, premises and facilities, accommodation, staff management and leisure opportunities. By providing a carefully planned, well-organised and properly supervised programme, we do our utmost to promote our students’ safety and welfare at all times.
Students stay in a mixture of traditional and modern boarding houses located within the grounds of Fettes College. Each house is comfortable, accommodating around 50 students plus staff, who provide 24-hour supervision, in a mixture of single, twin, triple, quad and dorm style multi-bedded rooms (average dorm size 8 beds, ranging from 6 to 14). Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared, on average the ratio is one to six. We provide bed linen, which is changed once per week and towels, which are changed twice per week. Each house has a laundry room as well as a common room and computer suite.
As individual students can feel especially vulnerable, each individual student is assigned to an activity leader who is responsible for ensuring the student is being integrated into the programme, making friends, taking care of themselves and enjoying their time with us. Our individual students are all accommodated together in one house so they can get to know each other more easily and we have an increased number of activity leaders in the house.
Dedicated Student Welfare Managers and residential staff are responsible for supervising students throughout the day, during all activities, excursions and in the boarding houses. Additionally, the General Manager has a 24-hour emergency contact number during the six-week summer school.
Meals served in our bright, spacious dining hall are prepared daily by our own in-house chefs with a good choice of hot food, fresh fruit and salad served every day and vegetarian options always available. Packed lunches are provided for students and group leaders whilst on our exciting weekend excursions. We even offer mid-morning snacks to power students through their lessons and evening snacks before bed.
It is our goal that every student on our programme feels valued, appreciated and included regardless of their gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability or disability. As part of this, we seek to promote respect and tolerance and to teach critical thinking skills as courses abroad can be instrumental in helping young people see the world in a different light.
Staying connected with the rest of the world is an important factor in everyone’s lives these days. We recognise this and at FCLC free WiFi is available throughout the campus for all students, staff and group leaders. Student WiFi is limited to specific times so that when the lights go out at bed time, everyone goes to sleep! We also encourage students to communicate with each other by not allowing the use of mobile phones in the dining hall during meals times.