On arrival, our friendly driver will collect you and take you to Winchester. We will tell you his/her name and ID details before you come, so that you and your family know you are safe.
The best airports to choose are:
Southampton (20 minutes)
Gatwick (70 minutes)
Heathrow (55 minutes)
You can also get to Winchester by ferry to Portsmouth (from France) or Eurostar from Paris/Brussels to London and then direct to Winchester.
If you are over 18, you can choose to use public transport to get to Winchester - we will give you all the information you need on transport options.
Low-cost transfers from London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) at weekends
We offer low-cost transfers for individuals* from/to London Gatwick and Heathrow on most Saturdays and Sundays:
Note that this service starts on the day before our summer school starts and ends the Sunday after it finishes.
Your flight must be booked to arrive no earlier than 0900 and no later than 1900
There are no low-cost transfers Saturday June 27th
June: 28th (Sun) July: 4th (Sat) 5th (Sun) 11th (Sat) 12th (Sun) 18th (Sat) 19th (Sun) 25th (Sat) 26th (Sun) August: 1st (Sat) 2nd (Sun)
on arrival you may need to wait some time for students arriving on other flights before leaving for Winchester.
on departure you may be taken to the airport earlier than necessary because another student may be leaving on an earlier flight
* or siblings/friends arriving together, but not groups
On arrival, you will go straight to your host family, who will make you feel "at home" and help you get to school for your first lesson.
We visit all of our host families to make sure they are suitable and willing to give you a nice stay as well as lots of English language practice!
They will give you breakfast and dinner, as well as a packed lunch.
Welfare and safety
Your welfare and safety are very important to us. We have a 24-hour number for contact for urgent matters, which students or their parents can access - we ask you to send a text/SMS and we will reply within minutes. You will be helped to get to class on your first day. Winchester is small, so after that you will walk to school, maybe with other students living near you. We have a full-time Course Director, who is responsible for looking after all students and if you have any problem, all you need to do is speak to your teacher or the Course Director.
All of our taxi drivers (used for airport transfers) are known to us and have police checks. Their cars are fully insured. You must wear a seat belt when travelling in taxis or on coaches when on excursions. If you have any medical problem during your stay, you are covered as an EU citizen. We will make sure you get the medical attention you need. We keep basic First Aid supplies at the teaching centres.
We will do everything to make sure you are safe and happy during your stay.