Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find answers to the most common questions we are asked about our summer courses. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, the CLAC team are available 7 days a week to speak to you personally on the phone or by email to answer any queries you may have. Please click on relevant question below for detailed answers.
CLAC has been chosen as one of the ‘Best of British Summer Schools’ for its excellence in welfare and family atmosphere. In fact our welfare is outstanding with a minimum staff to student ratio of 1:3. Our All-Inclusive Core Programme means that here are no hidden extra costs unlike other schools.
At CLAC we have British students for real English interaction. We don’t take groups of single nationalities which makes sure that our students must interact in one common language English! Students enjoy 100 hours of English each week through interactive classes, specialised activities, excursions and social events.
Today CLAC is still run by the George family, the same family that started it in 1985 and offers the same personal service and trusted quality.
100 hours of English each week through interactive classes, specialised activities, excursions and social events. English language tuition, full board onsite accommodation, 3 meals each day-plus snacks, an exciting social programme of activities, return airport transfers (scheduled dates), insurance, center induction and orientation, one full day excursion per week, regular social events such as awards ceremonies and disco’s, a CLAC course T-shirt, photo memories, certificates, class prizes and a written report. Find out more information here.
Bookings open in September for the following summer. CLAC is popular with returning students and the mother tongue quota for some nationalities fills up quickly so early booking is advisable. We also recommend securing flights as early as possible and allowing time for visa applications if necessary. The CLAC administrator is always available for questions.
You can book a course at CLAC by completing our booking form here. You will then be asked to pay a deposit of £500 or pay the full fees. If your child is accepted, the administrator will contact you with payment confirmation and a Pre-Course Handbook with information on what students need to bring to the course, welfare, insurance, arrival and departure procedures etc. The CLAC administrator is available 7 days a week to speak to personally for any queries.
CLAC provides free Wifi access during scheduled times for students. This time is restricted so that students make the most of their opportunity to enjoy time mixing and speaking in English together. The times vary according to age groups are displayed for students around the center. Please note that Great Ballard and Slindon College are old buildings situated in extensive countryside, so connections may not always be strong.
When students arrive at CLAC, they are tested and placed in the class most appropriate for their level of English. Each Saturday morning students are given a test by their class Teacher based on what they have studied in class during that week. This helps the teacher to assess individual progress and to write a personal report for each student at the end of his/her stay to take home to their parents. Course Certificates and prizes are also awarded at a special CLAC Awards Ceremony. No other exams are available.
Yes. Visitors are welcome provided the Center Manager has been informed beforehand and has confirmed that it is convenient. If you wish to see a particular staff member, an appointment must be made. All visitors are required to sign in at the CLAC office and wear a visitor’s badge to distinguish who they are.
For all non-EU citizens, they may need a Child Visitor visa to attend CLAC. For full information on visa applications, please visit our dedicated ‘Visa Section’ page from right sidebar area.
Yes. Parents can freely contact their children during the day outside classes and activities. The CLAC office can also update you on your child via email and there are regular blog posts during the course. Read our blog here.
Several children who attend CLAC may be almost bi-lingual, have one or both parents who are English, have had an English au pair or been to school in England etc. The ‘Top Group’ at CLAC is always of a good Advanced Level and these students can work together on improving fluency, writing, vocabulary, idioms etc.
Yes. Money, return tickets, passports and I.D. cards are handed in to the Center Manager’s office on arrival for safe keeping. There is a secure system for keeping and recording pocket money. Students may access the ”CLAC Bank” to check their balance, withdraw and give back money during certain times displayed in the office.
Yes. Our staff live on-site and their bedrooms are well positioned for close supervision and 24 hour on-call care at both Great Ballard and Slindon College. The safety of students and peace of mind of parents are CLAC’s top priority. Both centers have an experienced residential Housemother who oversees the welfare of the students.
Yes. The food at CLAC is cooked on site. There are usually at least two hot choices available for lunch and dinner – one of them is always vegetarian- and there is always a salad bar with bread and fresh fruit available. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated – please inform the CLAC office team before the course begins.
Yes. A CLAC priority is to enrol students of as many different nationalities as possible. CLAC limits as much as possible the number of students who share the same mother tongue so that students are motivated to speak more English and form international friendships. Find out more.
CLAC does not recommend that students arrive or depart outside the scheduled course dates as it would lead to disruption of both CLAC administrative procedures and the students studies during their stay. The courses are designed to begin with a placement test and end with an Awards Ceremony with no interruption.
Yes. Transfers are included in the fees for arrivals and departures on scheduled course start and finish datesbetween the hours of 9am and 6pm. The safety of students and peace of mind of parents are CLAC’s top priority on arrival and departure days. CLAC provides a personal care service at HEATHROW, GATWICK and SOUTHAMPTON airports. Find out more.
Accommodation is full board with breakfast, lunch, dinner, break-time refreshments and evening hot chocolate. The food on CLAC courses is cooked on-site and is homely and plentiful. There are two hot choices at both lunch and dinner, a vegetarian option and a salad bar with bread and fresh fruit.
We are also able to cater to individual dietary requirements such as allergies and intolerances if notified in advance.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are separate for boys and girls. Students are placed with similar age groups and mixed nationalities in bedrooms from 2 to 6 students, in order to encourage new friendships and maximise English speaking.
All rooms are comfortable and clean with plenty of storage and hanging space for each student. Bathroom and showering facilities are well situated for easy access throughout the accommodation areas.
There are always enough facilities for everyone. Included in the fees is a personal laundry service and also bed linen, which is changed once a week.
Students said that their expectations had been met or, in most cases exceeded
The Activity Programme provides an opportunity for students to relax, meet up with their friends and practise their English through fun activities. Every afternoon after classes there are sports, excursions and events that make the most of what CLAC and the surrounding area have to offer. The programme is designed to appeal to different personalities and to not only interest, but also include everyone.
Each evening the Social Team arranges group challenges and tournaments, as well as CLAC quiz nights, discos and parties to entertain and involve all of the Great Ballard students. There is always something happening for all of our students to be take part in. We also understand that some free time is desired and this is included in the programme.
Students said that their expectations had been met or, in most cases exceeded
CLAC, Great Ballard School, Eartham, Chichester PO18 0LR, situated in the heart of West Sussex in the small village of Eartham.
- 5 miles from the historic town of Arundel
- 8 miles east of Chichester
- 10 miles west of Worthing.
- Approximately 50 mins travel time from London Gatwick
- Approximately 90 mins travel time from London Heathrow
Our nearest train station is Chichester with direct links to London Victoria.
2022 Dates and Prices
|Sunday, 17 July – Sunday, 31 July 2022||[ 2 Weeks ]||£2,780||Available|
|Sunday, 31 July – Sunday, 14 August 2022||[ 2 Weeks ]||£2,280||Available|
|Sunday, 17 July – Sunday, 14 August 2022||[ 4 Weeks ]||£4,500||Available|