Our Under 18s Policy
Although our courses are generally for adults, we love to include young people in our school, and our under 18s policy shows this. In addition to adults, we welcome students who are between 16 and 17 years old to study with us.
Before a young person arrives at LVC, we ask parents or guardians to sign a Parental Consent Form. This confirms that everyone understands the rules we follow to protect young people. It also explains how we will help to keep young people safe while they are studying with us.
If there any problems or concerns, the school will contact the parents/guardian straight away. Obviously, we will work hard to resolve any problems quickly, and to make sure the young person’s time with us is the best that it can be.
If the young person is not staying with relatives in the UK, we typically ask all students under 18 years old to book homestay accommodation. In fact, we work closely with a homestay provider, and can offer you a wide choice of accommodation.
On the other hand, a student might be staying with relatives or a family member. In such cases, we accept written confirmation of this from the parents when the student enrols.
During the Covid pandemic, we limit our accommodation services to one provider, HomeandAway Student Services. However, normally we work with local families as well. All families must have an up-to-date DBS check. This is in line with British Council requirements.
Students often use public transport, such as the bus or the train, to get to the school. They travel between their accommodation and the school without the help of an adult.
For this reason, on their first day of school the host will show them how to get to LVC. Parents need to make sure that their child has enough money for the bus or train. To check bus fares for London and other places just outside the city, have a look at the Transport for London (TFL) website here.
Unfortunately, LVC cannot offer 24-hour supervision of people under 18 years old. Obviously, after class, students are free to join in our social activities, to make friends and to get to know the local area. Alternatively, they can relax in the common areas or can study in our library.
At the school
Students under 18 years old typically study in classes with other adults. All our students are nice, friendly people. They are also professionals who work in London and have less time to study. Therefore, we expect all students to respect each other, as well as to arrive on time to class. When everyone gets on well and studies hard, they have more fun and they learn more.
Students who are under 18 years old cannot take holidays or days off except with their family’s permission. If a student misses their class, we will first try to contact them directly. After that, we will contact their guardian in the UK. If then we do not get a response, we will check with the homestay, and then follow up until we are sure that the student is safe.
For the safety of students and staff, we use CCTV cameras in all of our classrooms and in the communal areas.
We have lots of school excursions, for example to museums and parks and galleries. These are great fun for all students, but safety is always our first concern. Any time we have young students on an excursion, we make sure we have a minimum of 2 staff members with us. On the teacher’s register, we mark the names of students who are under 18 years old.
In line with our Under 18s Policy, we do everything to make sure that young people, and adults, are safe at all times. This means both inside, and outside, the school.
Additional safety measures
LVC staff have the mobile number of all our students who are under 18 years old. On any school excursion we make sure that young people stay close to an LVC teacher or staff member the whole time.
All our staff aim to provide a safe, helpful environment for our students, especially for those who are under 18 years old.
On day 1 of school, our students get a full induction. This includes a tour of the building as well as important facts about their course. It also gives full health and safety information to all our students.
All our staff members have been given up-to-date safeguarding and child protection training. While it is unlikely that anything worrying will ever happen, all our staff know what to do in an emergency.
What’s more, our homestays also get up-to-date information and guidance about safeguarding young people. In case they do have concerns, they know how to contact LVC, and who is the best person to talk to.
What if student has a problem?
If any student feels worried, unhappy or upset about any issue, they can talk to our staff at reception. Alternatively, if they prefer, they can talk directly to their teacher.
If there is a emergency, they should call one of the following 2 numbers:
The 24/7 Student Emergency contact numbers are:
James Nuttall – Safeguarding Officer – Phone number +44(0) 7981 027 209
Edith Bonito – Principal – Phone number +44(0)793 056 1661
Finally, we continually review our Under 18s Policy to make sure it is up-to-date, effective, and available to all staff members.