Sedbergh School is renowned for its pastoral care, this is replicated during the ISS with Sedbergh School’s own staff working on the course. During their stay your child is looked-after by an experienced Houseparent and Matron.
The school provides airport pick-ups and drop-offs from Manchester and Liverpool international airports, these are included in the fee. Your child is met at the airport by a member of Sedbergh ISS wearing a school shirt and holding a sign with “Sedbergh International Summer School” on it. At the end of their stay the school also takes your child safely to the airport for their return flight.
For Unaccompanied Minors, as arrangements vary between airlines please notify us of the individual requirements. We confirm the name and contact number of the member of staff collecting your child just prior to the start of the course. However please note that an additional charge of £40 for each transfer applies.
Casterton is a village located near the town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Casterton is approximately a 90 minute drive from both Manchester and Liverpool city centres and their international airports.
The course is fully residential. Boys and girls live separately in Casterton’s beautiful boarding houses. The houses are under the supervision of a Houseparent and a Matron which ensures a happy and supportive environment for your child during their stay.
Clothing should be casual, practical, machine washable and labelled with their name. The average temperature during July is between 18 – 23 degrees. However, England can be wet and cool at any time of year and your child should come prepared for both warm and cool weather. Bedlinen is provided but your child should bring both a bath towel and a swimming towel with them.
The weekly cost of the course covers all accommodation, meals, English lessons, all sports and activities, excursions, internet access and a laundry service as well as airport transfers from Manchester and Liverpool or from Oxenholme train station.
Your child can bring cash with them which can be kept safely in the Summer School office and withdrawn at a certain time each day. You may also choose to make a direct payment for pocket at the time of booking and we will have the money ready for your child’s arrival.
Three meals are included each day; breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken together in the dining hall. Drinks and snacks are served in the long morning break between lessons and ‘chocolate time’ happens at the end of each day. Your child is given a packed lunch on excursions. We must be informed of any special dietary needs prior to arrival.
All linen (sheets, pillow and pillow case, duvet and duvet cover) is provided. Your child should bring their own towels. Clothes are laundered twice a week and bed-linen is changed once a week.
Please ensure that:
1. all clothing is machine washable
2. every item is clearly marked with the student’s name.
Your child and the other students are divided into age groups, juniors (8-12) and seniors (13-16), for lessons. When your child arrives they will complete a placement test which ensures that they are placed in a class with boys and girls of a similar age and ability.
Your child may bring a phone which they can use to call home at specified times of the day. There are also emergency numbers for any problems on the day of travel and during the course which is sent to you just before the start of the course.
Your child does not need to bring a laptop with them. There are iPads and computers available for them to use during break times.
Last year we had 80 students on the course from all over the world, many from Europe and some from further afield including China, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia.
The class size never exceeds 15 students and are often smaller than this.
If your child is travelling on a passport issued by a country outside of the EU they require a visa. In this case, a Visa Invitation Letter is issued upon your registration.
As some nationalities tend to book quite early and we have a policy of only allowing a maximum of 20% of each nationality it is good to book as early as possible.
We welcome all levels and abilities on the ISS. When your child arrives they undertake a placement test to ensure they are placed in the correct class for their ability.
We encourage our students to bring their mobile phone, as they are useful on excursion days (in case of emergency) and for keeping in touch with parents. However, if your child does not have a mobile phone, they can contact you from our office if necessary. At Sedbergh ISS we are very keen for our students to socialise and make friends and therefore all students must hand in their mobile phones to their House Parents at night when going to bed, and keep them in their boarding house during lessons, break and mealtimes. Phones seen by staff during prohibited times will be confiscated for a short time.