What is ECS?
What makes your courses special?
How do pupils benefit?
How can I be sure?
Who attends your courses?
Travel & Location
Where do your courses take place?
In beautiful countryside at Port Regis School near Shaftesbury in Dorset in the south of England about 2 hours from London. We also run a one-week adventure camp that takes place in a camp site next to the sea on the Dorset south coast. More information here
How will my child get there?
Will my child need a visa?
In brief, if your child is a non-EU citizen he or she may need a Short-term Student (Child) Visa to attend ECS or a Short-term Student (6 Months) Visa if aged 16 or 17. For further information please see our advice page here
What if the visa is refused?
Can I accompany my child on the free transfer to the school?
We discourage this. However if you wish to accompany your child on the free transfer coach please note:
- Only one adult per family
- Children are not allowed to sit on the parent’s lap
- Transfer coaches leave at approximately 13:30 and 16:30 and the journey to the school takes about two hours
- If there are more parents who wish to travel than we have seats available, the parents of the youngest children will have priority
Flights sometimes arrive early or late: for this reason we cannot be sure that we will have places for parents and we cannot arrange additional coaches just so that parents can travel. If we cannot provide a transfer for you (we will of course have places for your children) you will need to decide whether you wish to say goodbye to your children at the airport or arrange a taxi to come to the school. If you come to the school by taxi remember you will need to get back again!
How much does a taxi cost?
Dates and prices
When do your courses take place?
Every summer for up to 5 weeks. Summer 2019 dates are:
- July 7 - August 4
- July 7 - 21
- July 21 - August 4
- August 4 - 11 (English through Adventure)
How much does it cost?
What does the cost include?
Is it worth it?
Can my child attend outside your official course dates?
Can my child attend just the adventure camp?
Making a Booking
How do I book?
When do I need to book?
Can I represent your school as an agent?
How do you decide which class my child will join?
Do you arrange tests and exams?
All pupils are tested on arrival and are placed in the best class for their age and level of English. Our aim on all courses is to provide motivating content which will make learning English exciting and fun and make maximum use of the multinational situation in an English countryside setting. We firmly believe that attending our courses results in substantially improved English and positive educational / social development which will be reflected in better test results generally.
We don't want to 'teach to the test' in our general English classes and workshops. However pupils aged 11+ who wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification to prove their attainment in speaking and listening in English can choose to attend our separate Trinity GESE academic workshop and exam. This can help to motivate them to mix and speak English among the various nationalities on the course, to everyone's benefit.
My child already has good English. Will he or she benefit?
Can parents learn English too?!
Can you give my child extra lessons?
Our experience is that this is counterproductive. Remember that all pupils continue to use and practise their English among the many different nationalities on the course during sports, social activities and free time.
We do however offer a service called 'English Focus' that aims to identify linguistic strengths and weaknesses in order to help a pupil to get the most from attending the course. Please see further information here.