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- A padlock (to keep personal belongings safe)
- Water bottles to carry with them when doing sports, activities and excursions
- Appropriate sporting clothes: shorts, T-shirt, tracksuit, cap, sports socks, etc
- Non-marking trainers for indoor sports. Students cannot use their normal outdoor trainers in the sports halls
- Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing
- Sun cream
- Personal toiletries, including toothpaste and toothbrush
- Flip-flops to wear in communal bathing areas
- A waterproof coat and/ or umbrella
- Both heavier and lighter clothes, as British weather can be unpredictable
- Name labels on their clothes for the laundry service
- Travel adaptor for electrical items (UK has a 3-pin socket)
- Students staying in the Eastbourne residence need to bring a towel
- All students staying in Residential Accommodation pay a £50 damage/keys deposit on arrival. The deposit will be returned in full at the end of the course if there is no damage and keys are returned.
- If a student causes any minor damage during their stay or loses their keys, they will lose the deposit.
- For any major damage the full cost of repairs will be charged to the agent/parent.
- There is no damage deposit for homestay centres, but the full cost of any repairs will be charged to the agent/parent.
- It is not a good idea to bring valuables or large amounts of money. Twin cannot be responsible for lost items.
- Students should bring a padlock for their suitcase.
- Individual students: Passports should be given to the Centre Manager for safekeeping. Other cash/ valuables can be stored on request at the discretion of the Centre Manager.
- Groups: Group Leaders are responsible for holding their group’s passports and any cash/ valuables.
- Students should be very careful with valuable items and money when visiting big cities. For example, do not leave valuables in the front pocket of a rucksack.
- Twin cannot change foreign currency, although staff will always help students who want to change money.
+English Lessons FAQs
Students are tested in their first class. Testing consists of a short grammar and written test and an informal interview. If a student is not comfortable in his/her allocated class, for whatever reason, they should inform their Teacher, Group Leader, or directly the Director of Studies.
There are fifteen hours of English classes per week on all standard UK programmes. Standard Programmes in Dublin is 18.3 hours. Our Intensive English programme in Leamington Spa includes an additional six hours to the standard UK programme. Our Intensive course in Dublin is a total of 22.5 hours of English tuition. Our Semi-Intensive English programme in Eastbourne includes an additional 3 hours per week to the standard UK programme.
There are a maximum of 15 students in a class.
- Lessons will be in the morning.Intensive programme’ additional six hours take place in the afternoon.
Our course is specifically designed for teenagers and young learners. The programme ranges from Beginner to Advanced level with an age- appropriate version for under 12s. Also built into the syllabus are Teacher’s Choice, Learner Training, and excursion- based projects and lessons. Twin reserves the right not to open a level if there aren’t enough students.
Our English courses cover all four skills, focusing particularly on speaking and listening. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are also included. The focus is on real-life communication, building confidence in using and understanding English and promoting understanding of effective learning strategies to enable students to continue their learning after the course.
The classes are delivered in a fun and communicative way, providing learners with new materials and opportunities to practise language. Our teachers focus on developing speaking and listening skills by using pair-work and group-work, discussions and project work.
+Activities and Excursions FAQs
The social programme consists of evening entertainment for residential students, daytime activities and excursions. The daytime activities are a variety of sports, arts & crafts, walking tours, and cultural visits to local places of interest. In residential centres in the evening there are fun activities like discos and talent nights. The students will have one full day and one half day excursion per week.
Please check each individual centre sample programme for details.
Each centre visits different locations. Please check each individual centre sample programme for details.
Sometimes it is impossible to do an activity on the programme, for example, if the programme has ‘Outdoor Sports’ and it rains, it is much better to change the activity. We will do our best to keep changes to a minimum. Twin reserves the right to make programme changes due to circumstances beyond its control or to improve or preserve the quality of the programme without notice.
To help you further personalize your stay, at each centre we offer optional excursions at an extra cost. Below are the main destinations for each centre:Leamington Spa
Nottingham, London with entrance to London Eye, Cambridge with entrance to a college, Bicester Village, Chatsworth House (with entrance).Cheltenham
Bristol with entrance to Bristol Cathedral, Blenheim Palace.
Optional excursions can be booked either before arriving at the centre or when the students are at the centre. Optional excursions at the centre are sold at a higher price, we therefore encourage you to book in advance for the best prices.
If you would like to book optional excursions before arriving at the centre, please email the Twin sales team.
If you would like to book optional excursions when you are at your centre, speak to the onsite management team.
Unfortunately optional excursions are only available to groups. It is not possible for individual students to book optional excursions.
+Residential Accommodation FAQs
No, students aged 18 cannot be housed in the same corridor/flat with students under 16 and will have separate bathroom facilities.
Students aged 18 and students under 16 from the same group may be kept together in accommodation if the agent gives consent in writing. However, bathroom facilities within the accommodation will never be shared.
Some of our centres have kitchens that are accessible to students, however for fire safety reasons students are not allowed to cook.
Students are allocated according to criteria such as supervision ratios, age and gender. Rooming lists are completed on this basis in the first instance and any additional rooming preferences are considered thereafter.
Special dietary requirements such as Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free, and Lactose-free are catered for, but advance notice must be given. Please contact us for further information.
Breakfast is usually continental and may consist of pastries, cereal, toast and jam.
Lunch/ Dinner might be soup, pasta, meat, fish, chips, potatoes, and vegetables. There will always be a choice of dishes and a vegetarian option. There is also fruit and dessert.
On excursion days students get packed lunch.
It is important students keep an open mind as the food may be different to the food they normally eat. This is a great chance for students to experience food from another culture.
If students are allergic to something, Twin needs to be informed in advance. Students should remind the Centre Manager or their homestay host (if applicable) of their dietary requirements upon arrival.
In Ravensbourne, the students will have breakfast and dinner with the homestay host and a packed lunch during the day. In Eastbourne, students have a hot lunch and dinner at the school on week days.
+Health, Safety and Welfare FAQs
Our supervision ratio is one adult per fifteen students. During lessons, scheduled activities, and excursions, this ratio is made up by Twin Teachers, Activity Leaders, and/ or Managers.
During break times, free time, on journeys to school (homestay only), and airport transfers, Group Leaders may be asked to make up the supervision ratios or supervise their own students. Individuals are always supervised by Twin staff.
Each residential centre has at least one House Parent, who is responsible for ensuring students are safe and happy in their accommodation. They help students with laundry, look after sick students, and deal with any problems during the night.They act as Group Leaders for individual students.
Individual students cannot opt out of our programme. We need to know where students are at all times to ensure their safety. We hope they will enjoy the programme so much that they won’t want to opt out!
If groups decide to opt out of the pre-arranged leisure programme, the Group Leaders sign an opt-out form agreeing to take full responsibility for their students.
The parents of students are always welcome at our centres. Please contact the centre in advance to ensure that the student will be available. Parents must not remove their child from the centre without notifying the Centre Manager or person in charge. The Centre Manager will require photographic proof of identification. Students will not be permitted to leave the centre with friends or relatives, other than the father or mother, without written permission from their parents.
+Leamington Spa FAQs
The residence for students is located at Hardwick halls and is a short walk (maximum 10 minutes) from the teaching areas at Francis Close Hall Campus.
Cheltenham town centre is a 15 minute walk away. There are shops, cafes, restaurants, and gardens.
Cheltenham Rail station is a 25 minute walk away. There are direct trains to central London from here.
Cheltenham is a residential centre. The rooms are single and twin en-suite.
Yes, students will receive a key to their room.
There is a small safe in each bedroom.
There are facilities for students to do their own laundry helped by Twin staff. It costs £2.40/ wash and £1.20/ dry. Laundry detergent is provided.
There is a weekly cleaning service for bedrooms, bathrooms and common spaces are cleaned once a day.
There are some computers available in the teaching block.
We can provide Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free, and Lactose-free meals. We need to know about these requirements in advance.
There is a café onsite.
Students can get into their rooms at 16.00, and need to leave by 10.00. Luggage can be securely stored before check-in/ after check-out.
The timetable is normally as follows, but might be different on excursion/ arrival days. Wake-up: 7.00 Breakfast: 8.00 – 9.00 Lesson: 9.00 – 10.30 Break: 10.30 – 11.00 Lesson: 11.00 – 12.30 Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30 Break: 13.30 – 14.00 Afternoon activities: 14.00 – 15.30 Break: 15.30 – 16.00 Afternoon activities: 16.00 – 17.30 Break: 17.30 – 18.00 Dinner: 18.00 – 19.00 Break: 19.00 – 20.00 Evening activities: 20.00 – 22.00 Return to accommodation: 22.00-23.00
Lights out is at 22.30 for under 13s and 23.00 for 13+.
There is an outdoor sports field adjacent to the accommodation blocks and art studios for arts and crafts activities.
Students will visit Cheltenham town centre and have the opportunity to explore sights of cultural or historic importance such as the Pittville Pump Room, Imperial Gardens and The Wilson museum.
A two-week programme includes: Full-day excursion to Bath with entrance to the Roman Baths, Full-day excursion to Oxford with entrance to a college, Half-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon with an entrance to Shakespeare's Birthplace, Half-day excursion to Gloucester and Gloucester Cathedral.