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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the school?

BISS is situated within Dorothy Stringer High School, in Loder Road, Brighton.

We are about 5 minutes from the bus stop, and around a 15 minute journey to the town centre and seafront.

 

 

 

 

Is the school accredited?

We are accredited by the British Council. We have regular inspections of both the school and the host families. On our last inspection ‘strengths’ were noted in areas of staff management, course design, care of students, accommodation and leisure opportunities.

How long has the school been teaching English?

BISS was established in 1984.

How can I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or through our PayPal account.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

All of our teachers are fully qualified .All exam teachers will be fully qualified and have exam preparation experience.

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age is 13.

What is the maximum age?

The maximum age is 17.

How many students are in a class?

The maximum number of students in a class is 16. The average number is around 12.

 

 

 

 

What time does my class start?

Classes start at 8.50. Students are expected to arrive at school around 8.30.

Can you help with my visa?

If you need to apply for a visa to gain entry to the UK to study with us, we can help by writing an invitation letter to the British Embassy in your country.

In our invitation letter, we write all of your details, the dates of your course and details of your home stay. We then place our official stamp on it and we will then either email or post the document to you. This will be part of your visa application to the British Embassy in your country.

Do I get a certificate when I complete the course?

Yes, all students receive a certificate upon completing their studies. (Unless the student attends less than 80% of their course).

What is the average age of the students?

The average age is 15.

Do I need travel insurance?

We would advise you take out insurance. We recommend Endsleigh

How will you know my level of English?

You will have a placement test on your first day.  Your teacher will also talk to you and ascertain your level of English.

What will I do on my first day?

On your first day, you will have a welcome talk from the Principal. You will have a tour of the school and a placement test. You will be shown where you live and where the shopping areas are on a map. You will also receive student information with all relevant numbers and helpful information. In the afternoon, an activity leader will show you where the bus stop is and take you to the city centre and show you around. He/she will then make sure you know your way home to your home stay.

What’s included in my course?

If you are with a group on a standard course, you will have 15 hours teaching per week. You will have an activity every afternoon and one trip to London (usually the first Saturday of your course). You will stay with a host family, who will provide breakfast, a packed lunch and an evening meal. They will wash your clothes once a week. Individuals attending the Summer School can have lessons only if they wish.

Can I move class?

If you feel you are in the wrong level, inform the Director of Studies and she can move you.

Can my friend and I stay in the same accommodation?

You can request that you stay with a friend when the course is booked.

How far will I stay from school?

We try and place students within a short distance from the school, although we cannot guarantee this during peak periods. But the majority of our host families are no more than a 20 minute walk away or 15 minutes bus journey away.

Who will my host family be?

Home stay families are carefully selected and will welcome you into British culture. They, of course, will all be different. If you have any special requests, please inform us when you book your course. (Or your teacher or group leader or parents can also inform us)

What activities will I do in the afternoon?

You will have fun and educational activities in the afternoon. For example, a tour of Brighton, including Brighton Pier, the Lanes and the North Laine shopping area, you can also go bowling and a enjoy a traditional pub lunch. In the summer you can also go kayaking, have a barbeque and go to the BISS disco.