Looking after the students in our care is our number one concern. As proof of this, in our most recent full British Council inspection (2016), we were 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 offering our students a well planned, organised and supervised programme, we look after their safety and wellbeing 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, holding around 50 students plus staff, who provide 24-hour care. Rooms can have between 1 and 8 beds. Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared, on an average ratio of 1:6. We provide sheets, which are changed once a week, and towels, which are changed twice a week. Each house has a laundry room as well as a common room and a tennis court.
As students who attend FCLC on their own can feel especially vulnerable, each individual student is assigned to an activity leader, who looks after them and makes sure they are making friends, taking care of themselves and enjoying their time with us. If possible, we accommodate all individual students together in one house so they can get to know each other more easily. More activity leaders live in this house as well to give our individual students extra support.
Dedicated Student Welfare Managers and activity staff, who live in the houses with the students, are responsible for looking after our students 24/7, during all activities, trips and in the boarding houses with a staff-to-student ratio of at least 15:1 both on- and off-campus. Additionally, the General Manager has a 24-hour emergency contact number during the six-week summer school.
Meals served in our large, bright, dining hall are prepared daily by Fettes College staff with a good choice of hot food, fresh fruit and salads served every day and vegetarian options always available. Packed lunches are provided for our exciting weekend trips. We even offer snacks during the first lesson break to power students through their mornings, and evening snacks before bed.
We want every student on our programme to feel like they belong and they can be themselves regardless of their gender, age, religion, sexuality, ability or disability or the colour of their skin. As part of this, we encourage respect and tolerance and we teach critical thinking skills, as courses abroad can be important in helping young people see the world in a different way.
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. Mobile phones are not allowed in the dining hall during meal times to encourage students to communicate with each other.