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Travel to the UK & Transfer Information

We will advise planning your child’s transfers to and from the school once you have received your booking confirmation. Your Student Support Manager is on hand to provide guidance on booking the most suitable flights, airport transfers and information on arrival and departure processes over the Summer. Flights should be booked on the stated arrival and departure dates; for students travelling alone, we ask parents to refer to the airline’s policy as an Unaccompanied Minor Service may be necessary.

For an additional cost, Summer Boarding Courses can provide an accompanied airport transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Eton College. This will be via private coach for all flights between 9.00am – 16.00pm on the scheduled arrival and departure days, and via private taxi if required outside those times. Please ensure your flights are booked to arrive and depart on the published course dates. Before you finalise your child’s transfers, please speak with your Student Support Manager regarding flights outside of these times.

Students will be met by a member of our transfer team who will be waiting for them at the arrival hall entrance once they have passed through immigration and collected their luggage. Each student will be safely met by our clearly identifiable team based at London Heathrow Airport.

Our team will then accompany students from the terminal to our Welcome Club and then onto the school.

*Please note that all transfers between London Heathrow Airport and SBC at Eton College are an additional cost to the published course fee of £50 per journey.

Welcome Club

We provide a Welcome Club at London Heathrow Airport on each arrival day. The Welcome Club is supervised by our transfer team and is a welcoming base for students to unwind after their flight, enjoy refreshments, entertainment and meet other students before they are taken to the school. If the students haven’t already done so, the team will encourage them to contact home and check they have all their belongings before boarding the coach

Parent Transfer

If parents are accompanying their children; they may wish to bring their children directly to the school to help them settle into their new environment. If required, your Student Support Manager can also assist with independent travel to and from the school. If you are planning to deliver or collect your child, please make sure they arrive and depart on the scheduled courses dates.

On the 6th July a Welcome Speech will be given to parents at 15:00pm.  This will be followed by a tour of the college, where an Old Etonian will discuss the history of Eton College.  We cordially invite all parents to join us for the tour. Please note that due to strict security arrangements at Eton, no access to the school grounds will be available for parents aside from this, thank you for your understanding.

Insurance

In association with Gibbs Denley Insurance Services; Summer Boarding Courses Ltd will provide all students with comprehensive travel insurance included in the price of the course, unless:

  • The parent or guardian contacts us directly to inform us that they do not wish to use the insurance provided by SBC.
  • The agent has declined to use the travel insurance offered by SBC.

For more information about our student insurance cover, please email: info@summerboardingcourses.co.uk

Visas

Some students will require a Visa to enter the United Kingdom.

  • First and foremost, please Check if you need a UK visa.
  • If you do require a visa, you will need a Short-Term Study (child) visa.
  • SBC will provide a Visa Support Letter to assist with the visa application once we have received the deposit payment (or upon receipt of full payment if booking is made after 14th May 2019).

For more information on applying for a visa please see UK Visas and Immigration.

Depending on the country; Visa applications can take around 20 working days (or 3-4 weeks), so you are advised to start the application process as soon as possible. Upon booking; you will also receive further information and guidance in your Parent Welcome Pack.

If you have any questions about visa support, please email us: info@summerboardingcourses.co.uk

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