Our Pastoral CareWe're a family-run summer school, so the personal care of our students is the core concern of our co-founders Jamie and Sophie.
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Right from the start, your point of contact will be Lavinia, who will be available to support with any questions you have throughout the build up to the summer school, during it and afterwards.
We get heavily oversubscribed each year (to the best of our knowledge we’re the fastest summer school in Oxford to be fully booked), so we’re able to answer your questions honestly and give you impartial advice to make sure we’re the right summer school for you.
If not, we’re happy to recommend other summer schools.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In the run up to the summer we like to offer all our students (and parents if free) a Zoom meeting or phone call. Lavinia will say hello, learn more about what you’re looking to get out of your time with us (so we can tailor your experience) and answer any of your questions.
We’re aware that for many of our students this summer will be the first time you’ll be away from home, and we want to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared.
Lavinia will be available throughout the run-up to the summer school, and will be able to help with any queries or support with things like booking your airport transfers. She will also be onsite during the summer school, so there will already be at least one familiar face for you!
OUR TEAM REALLY CARE
We like to get to know all our students and give them the most memorable summer of their lives. So our staff are empowered to arrange personalised exciting experiences – for example, arranging a tour of a part of Oxford a student is keen to see.
Sophie, our co-founder, also loves making birthday cakes for anyone lucky enough to have a birthday on the summer school!
SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
We have staff on site 24 hours a day and during the day there are always lots of staff members around should students need anything. Students will also be given contact phone numbers for all our staff and we are reachable by email and Facebook for any non-emergency issues.
All our staff are first aid trained and receive child protection training. If parents need to contact their children and cannot get through directly, we also provide 24/7 emergency numbers for several of our senior staff. Our Director is also on call 24 hours a day should parents or students have any urgent issues.
All our staff and tutors undergo strict regulatory and police checks before they join our team, so you can be confident that your child will be well looked after.
MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Aside from their academic experiences at the Oxford Scholastica Academy, students also build a global group of new friends. We make a real effort to facilitate this in a positive way to enable students to get the most from the experience.
Our staff are always on the look-out for students to include, and the summer school is organised in a way that allows students to make friends with everyone in their cohort. We have lots of ice breakers and social activities, and there are many opportunities in free-time to cement these friendships.
We have private Instagram group chats for our students so they can get to know the people who they will be sharing the summer school with and we also work hard after the course to keep friendships alive.