Select English, Cambridge is committed to all students being listened to, treated as individuals and free from bullying and abuse. We are dedicated to providing a high standard of welfare on all of our courses. This is demonstrated in our approach to welfare which includes appropriate and efficient systems, attention to detail and a commitment to caring for all of our students.
The year round Welfare Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead is Nadine Kaminska. Her Office is in building 15, first floor. It is her role to ensure that students are happy and healthy during their stay and to provide a clear point of contact for all welfare issues.
The Prevent Lead is Rebecca Schoeman. Her office is in 13 Station Road.
Unfortunately, Select English Cambridge is unable to cater for students with mobility problems due to the nature of our buildings.
- All of our homestays are carefully checked and inspected
- The main carer in each homestay has been DBS checked
- Homestay hosts are visited regularly by our Accommodation Officer
- Student feedback is monitored and followed up
- Homestay homes are mostly 3-5km from the school and this means students must take the bus to / from school
- Students will stay in twin or single rooms depending on the course booked. Please check the booking confirmation carefully to ensure you have the accommodation you were expecting. In some homestays triple rooms are available and these must be requested in writing. We will advise you if your request is possible or not
- Students will receive breakfast and dinner from their homestay host
- Homestay hosts will do one basket of laundry per student per week. They will advise the laundry day
- Select English has 6 halls of residence all within walking distance of the school. Walking distance means from around 5-20 minutes depending on the residence
- All residences have live-in House Managers who look after our students
- All House Managers are First Aid, Fire and Food Hygiene trained
- Students will receive breakfast and dinner from their House Manager
- House Managers will do one basket of laundry per student per week. They will advise the laundry day
- Students will stay in twin or single rooms depending on the course booked. Please check the booking confirmation carefully to ensure you have the accommodation you were expecting. In some residences triple rooms are available during the summer and these must be requested in writing. We will advise you if your request is possible or not
Select English is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Please view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
The Prevent strategy is a government initiative to stop people becoming involved in violent extremism and/or supporting terrorism. Select English is committed to meeting their obligations relating to this. Please view our Prevent policy for further information.
Student welfare is our number one priority on all of our summer courses. Each summer course has first aid trained staff and access to a medical centre.
Activities are supervised with staff ratios of 1:15 on young learner courses and 1:20 on teen and young adult courses.
Select English is fully responsible for the welfare and supervision of students on the following courses: Culford, Cambridge Juniors and English plus, Magdalene College and Cambridge Adults. At Barnardiston Hall , the permanent year round school staff are responsible for the welfare and supervision of students. Please view their website http://www.barnardiston-hall.co.uk/
Care of Under 18s
We take looking after under 18s very seriously. For each course we offer, we have written a statement about the level of care offered on that particular course. These statements form part of a consent and medical form that must be completed for all students aged under 18 attending a course with us. Please ensure that you complete and return the form that is sent with your booking confirmation to the best of your knowledge so we can offer the best care possible and know how to respond in an emergency.
Read our helpful guides to staying safe.
British people eat all types of foods from all over the world including China, India, Italy, Thailand and Mexico. The favourite food in Britain at the moment is the full English breakfast. Our favourite takeaway food is currently Chinese. Typical British meals include Roast dinners, Sausage and Mash, Fish and Chips, Gammon and Chips and Pie and Mash. Expect to eat a variety of food from all over the world.
The official religion of England is Christianity as practised by the Church of England (Anglican). Many people are non-practising. Others religions in the UK include Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish
The coldest months are December, January and February. During these months the temperature can drop below 0 and there is a significant chance of snow. Rain falls throughout the year. During the summer the average temperature is around 20 degrees but we have seen temperatures of more than 35 degrees.
This is generally good with most Britons showering or bathing once per day and brushing their teeth twice per day.
Washing is usually done in a washing machine and hung to dry on an indoor airing rack in the winter months or on a washing line in the summer months. Many people use tumble dryers to dry their clothes
Styles of eating
British people eat off crockery (plates and bowls) using a knife and fork.
Modes of Address
Britons are becoming more informal and most will address people by their first name. In older generations this may not be acceptable with them preferring to use Mr/Mrs/Miss + Surname.
Manners are very important. Always say please and thank you, or people will consider you to be rude.
Most people have pets. This is normally cats or dogs, but sometimes people keep smaller animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. If you stay with a homestay, they may have pets so it’s important to tell us if you don’t want to live with animals. Animal welfare is important in the UK and there are many laws in place to protect animals.
We have good public transport systems in Cambridge with buses and trains running regularly. Many people walk and cycle and it is not unusual for us to walk or cycle several miles per day. Walking and cycling is often quicker as the traffic is often very busy during peak times.