All students live in the Earlscliffe supervised residences which are located within a few minutes walk of both the main building and the School House classrooms. Earlscliffe is an ‘in-town’ campus, meaning that students can easily walk between classes, meals, accommodation and activities, as well as Folkestone’s vibrant town centre, with its great shops, cafés and beach! This liberty builds independence in a safe domestic environment and also nurtures time-keeping skills.
Each house has a registration board where House Managers can see at a glance where students are e.g, in house, at school, at the gym, at dinner, at another boarding house. Students are encouraged to navigate the area in groups of two or more and this is mandatory after dark, particularly in the winter months. Students are also given torches to light the pavements and preserve their phone batteries for communication. Students and House managers communicate through whatsapp groups for their activities and houses and the House managers also communicate with each other for affirmation of students’ plans and checking house arrivals and departures.
Students live in spacious and light bedrooms which offer plenty of space to work, rest and play. There is a choice of a twin or single ensuite rooms (available at a supplement) which are all equipped with beds – with linen, wardrobes, shelves, drawers, desks, desk lights and chairs. Students who share, will share with another student of a similar age but of a different nationality and/or language so that they converse regularly in English.
Common rooms and kitchens in each house allow our students to relax and socialise in the evenings and at weekends, with the ability to cook and prepare their own meals and snacks if they wish to.