Information for students

The Junior Summer School is based at the City of Oxford College, right in the heart of the city centre and close to all the main city attractions. We’re easy to find! From the moment you arrive at the airport, accommodation or school, our staff will be on hand to welcome you and show you where to go. During your stay we will do our very best to make your visit fun, exciting and worthwhile. At the school we will be pleased to assist you in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or problems. Please do also remember to bring your Parental Consent Form and Passport to the School Office on your first day. In your lessons and activities, you will meet students from all over the world. You will make friends very quickly and many students return to our Junior Summer School year after year! Oxford School of English: +44 (0)1865 202061 Emergency contact: Haydar Albasri (Centre Manager) +44 (0)7972 109547
  1. Airport Transfers
  2. Arrival in Oxford
  3. Orientation and welcome
  4. Timetables and maps
  5. On your first day
  6. Homestay Accommodation
  7. Residential Accommodation
  8. School campus
  9. Lessons
  10. Break times
  11. Meals
  12. Excursions and Activities
  13. Optional excursions
  14. Your role
  15. The Law
  16. Damage to Property
  17. Safety

1. Airport transfers If you have requested an airport transfer, you will be met in the International Arrivals hall by a member of staff. When you come through customs, look out for a sign showing your name and the blue Oxford School of English logo. We will then take you directly to your accommodation and should be there within 1-2 hours depending on the airport. On departure we’ll get you to the airport three hours before your flight departs so that you have plenty of time to check in. During your stay we’ll let you know what time to be ready to be collected from your accommodation.

2. Arrival in Oxford When you arrive in Oxford you will be greeted by your host family or our staff (in residential accommodation). They will make sure that you get settled in and answer questions you might have about the living arrangements. They will also show you where to go and what to do on your first morning.

3. Orientation and welcome On your first day there will be a welcome talk including meeting points, rules, what to do in an emergency and an introduction to the staff. If you have further questions, you are welcome to come to the school office on the third floor to speak to us. Individual students meet each week in the School Office. This is a chance to let us know how you are and to report any problems or worries.

4. Timetables and maps You will have been sent your timetable and your host family will also have a copy of this. It states when the lessons are, which activities and excursions you will be doing, and all of the meeting places and times. It is very important to stick to this programme!

5. On your first day Host families will have a copy of their student’s timetable. On the first morning they will show you to the bus stop and explain how to travel to the meeting point by bus. It is important that you remember the bus number and also the host family address. At the meeting point, look out for our staff members wearing blue logoed t-shirts who will take you to the morning lesson or activity. If you are staying in residential accommodation, you will meet your Activity Leader at the accommodation on the first morning and walk together to Magdalen College School for breakfast and lessons. You will then be accompanied into town and shown the Bonn Square meeting point for your first activity.

6. Homestay Accommodation Our host families are carefully selected and many of them have been working with us for many years. They are located in the Cowley, Kidlington and Headington suburbs, a 15-30 minute bus journey from City of Oxford College and the city centre. Host families provide breakfast and an evening meal. During the week, lunches are provided by a café and can be collected from Magdalen College School each day. Lunches at weekends are provided by the host family. If you have an excursion, make sure you ask your family for a packed lunch.

7. Residential Accommodation Single, en-suite accommodation is available to Clive Booth Halls. It’s a short walk (or even shorter bus ride!) from City of Oxford College campus, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day in the dining room. Self service, coin-operated washing and drying machines are available on site. The charge is between £2-3 per load. Remember, towels are not provided so please bring your own. You will need to pay a £50 desposit for your room and any damages will be charged. The rooms are all of very high quality and extremely comfortable. Students are housed close to their friends and individual students are placed together. We have members of staff at the halls 24 hours a day for the duration of the Summer School who are on-call to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and problem-free stay.

8. School campus The Junior Summer School is based at the City of Oxford College, right in the centre of Oxford. The classrooms are all large and of very high quality. The School Office and Staff Room are very near the classrooms. You can contact us in the school office every weekday between 08:00 – 18:00.

9. Lessons Every year we have students from a diverse range of nationalities so our classes are truly international. Classes are on average 12-13 people and taught by our experienced and qualified teachers. Our teaching staff and the teaching programme follow a tailored course, designed to make lessons interesting and challenging, building upon existing strengths as well as teaching entirely new skills.

You will have been asked to complete an online placement test prior to arrival. This enables us to design the most suitable academic programme for you and to start lessons straight away after you arrive, maximising the language-learning time within the classroom. Lessons are held in the mornings or in the afternoons. If you have afternoon lessons one week, you will have morning lessons the following week (and vice-versa) so make sure you keep an eye on the timetable. The lesson times are:
Mornings 09:15 – 10:45 lesson
10:45 – 11:15 break
11:15 – 12:45 lesson
Afternoons 14:00 – 15:30 lesson
15:30 – 16:00 break
16:00 – 17:30 lesson
If you feel that that you should be studying in a different level, please speak to your teacher who will then decide the most appropriate level with the Academic Director. We use the Council of Europe Reference Level system:
C2: Proficiency PROFICIENT USER Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can express himself or herself spontaneously , very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of proficient meaning even in more complex situations.
C1: Advanced Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can produce clear, well-constructed detailed texts on complex subjects.
B2: Upper-Intermediate INDEPENDENT USER Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions I his or her field of specialisation. Can produce clear, well-constructed detailed texts on a wide range of subjects.
B1: Intermediate Can understand the main points of clear and standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure etc. Can describe experiences, events and dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons for opinions and plans.
A2: Pre-Intermediate BASIC USER Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate basic need.
A2: Pre-Intermediate Can understand and use familiar and everyday and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

10. Break times Break times are supervised and you can go into the playground or make use of the common room or café. Any students who wish to smoke must only do so in a designated area.

11. Meals Homestay students have breakfast and dinner provided by the host family. Packed lunches are handed out by the Activity Leaders. At weekends, host families provide packed lunches.

Residential students have breakfast at the residence and lunch and dinner at the school. On Wednesday and Saturdays you will be given a packed lunch to take on the excursion. If you have not already done so, please do inform us of any specific food allergies or dietary requirements

12. Excursions and Activities There are a number of procedures and guidelines that you should be aware of when on excursions. Trips always work best when we work together. For example, please listen carefully to staff and follow instructions. Please ask if you have not understood something. It is very important that you are not late to meeting points as this can delay the group. Please do ensure you have a contact number for your Activity Leader.

You must wear your seatbelt whilst travelling on coached. We enforce the following rules:
  • No Smoking
  • No Eating or Chewing Gum
  • Seatbelts must be fastened
  • No Standing
  • No leaving rubbish on the coach
On the coach, our staff will then introduce themselves and give a brief description of the itinerary of the day. You will also be given an information sheet at some point on the trip. This outlines any useful information and facts. Having disembarked the coaches, please move to one side of the pavement or walkway, to get out of the way. You should dispose of litter quickly and await instructions.

13. Optional excursions Look out for information on our optional excursions around the school. These happen every Sunday and you can sign up for them in the School Office. These trips are a great way to see more of the surrounding area and attractions!

14. Your role We hope that you are ready to be fully involved in our programme and take part fully in the lessons and social programme. We pride ourselves on a very friendly atmosphere and we ask all students to help us maintain this. During your stay:

  • Please do ask if there you are unsure about anything.
  • Attend weekly meetings in the School Office with other individual students.
  • Ensure that you are punctual and attend all activities and classes.
  • If you are unwell or unable to attend school, please contact the Centre Manager. Report any health issues to staff.
  • In your lessons and social activities please do engage with the other students and staff and ask questions.
  • Please behave politely at mealtimes.
  • Please be courteous to others.
We must receive your completed Parental Consent form before you can take part in lessons and activities. For students coming from outside the EU, you must bring your passport to the office on the first day. This is because we are required to make a copy of your passport and UK visa.

15. The Law It is illegal for children under the age of 18 to buy alcohol or cigarettes. Any student caught doing so may be sent home. Drugs are not permitted at any time and any student found in the possession of illegal drugs will be reported to the police

16. Damage to Property Students found causing damage to property on purpose may be sent home. Individuals will be charged for any repairs required. If something is damaged unintentionally, please report the incident to a member of staff and we will do our best to rectify the matter.

17. Safety Please ensure that you take special care when crossing the roads in Britain. Remember that we drive on the left, although some Oxford streets are one-way. Please also take care of your camera, bags and money, especially during excursions to popular destinations where thieves and pickpockets are more likely to be found. Any valuable items may be best left in your room unless needed.

You will have a full and exciting social programme including evening activities. We do not advise that you go out alone or with friends in the evenings, especially on Friday or Saturday nights.