MLS is pleased to accept students aged 16 and 17 onto our scheduled General English courses.
What you need to know as a Parent/Guardian:
- Please be assured that MLS considers the safety and wellbeing of your child with the utmost importance and we want to ensure that you understand the nature of the course you are booking at MLS.
- You will need to complete a parental declaration form before any booking can be accepted. A sample of this is included here.
During class times, your child will study with other adult students.
They will have a tutorial every 4 weeks that will monitor their progress and these can be sent to you on request.
If your child does not come to the college, we will make every effort to contact them urgently to find out why they are not here. We keep daily registers and will report on attendance as part of the course.
As part of the course, your child will have weekly support from our welfare officer who will meet with them to discuss any issues of interest or concern, so that we can assist where possible.
If your child is ill, MLS will help them to make an appointment with a local doctor. Please note that charges may be payable. We require all students to travel with full travel and health insurance.
MLS has a medication policy and you will need to sign this as part of your parental declaration procedure.
MLS has a full safeguarding policy. You can read more about this and our links with the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board in our safeguarding section below.
Daily Travel to MLS
It is likely that your child will need to travel by bus on their own to get from their homestay to MLS. Journey times vary but can be up to 45 minutes.
Your child’s homestay will show them the bus stop where they will need to catch the bus on their first morning and will tell them which bus number to get. MLS is in the town centre and most buses stop near to the college. Our homestay confirmation letter will give you more details about specific bus travel.
The college will show your child where the bus stops are for them to get home.
We advise that your child travels with a friend whenever they can.
Outside of Class Times
Outside of lessons your child will be free to undertake independent activities and MLS will not be responsible for your child at these times.
Lots of activities are available in Bournemouth – please see our parental declaration form for ideas.
We expect all 16 and 17 year olds to stay with a homestay. The homestay will have had guidance on caring for children and will have had a local police check with MLS.
The homestay environment offers opportunity not only for your child to develop their language but also to gain a fuller understanding of UK life and culture.
Your child will be expected to keep in regular contact with their homestay and must return to their homestay every evening for dinner, unless specifically agreed otherwise with them.
If your child decides to go out in the evening, they must tell their homestay where they will be going and what time you they will be home.
16 and 17 year olds are expected to be home by 21:00 every night. If they will be out later than this, they must speak with their homestay first to agree a later time, or must telephone them to let them know where they are and to agree a later return time. If they have not returned to their homestay by 21:00, or an agreed later time, the homestay may need to contact the police and advise the college. This is for your child’s safety.
16 or 17 year olds can stay away from their homestay overnight only if they have written permission from their parents and the homestay knows exactly where they will be staying.
MLS has a disciplinary procedure and if disciplinary action needs to be taken, we will advise you accordingly. For serious disciplinary offences, MLS reserves the right to terminate the course and you would then be responsible for your child in the UK from the point of expulsion.
MLS has a safeguarding policy for all students, and particularly for those under the age of 18 or those considered as vulnerable adults. Staff at MLS have Enhanced Police Checks (DBS) and we aim to maintain a rigorous safeguarding culture. Students under the age of 18 must have pre-authorisation for activities from their parents, and any absence from the college will be followed up urgently.
Please see below an extract from the full MLS Safeguarding Policy Statement, which is available on request:
At MLS our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of all the students in our care. It is the policy of this College to provide a secure and safe environment, enabling each person to experience a full and productive study experience with us.
All members of staff who come into contact with our students have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all and in particular regard to those under the age of 18 and adults who may be vulnerable. All international students, for whom English is a second language, and who are living in an unfamiliar culture, may at times be exposed to situations where they are vulnerable. We ensure that all our staff are familiar with and follow procedures for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all of our students. All staff have induction training which includes child protection policies and procedures. Our staff are aware of possible signs and symptoms of people at risk and are provided with guidance on this.
Every member of staff should recognise that safeguarding students and staff against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding them against any other vulnerability in today’s society. This requirement to do so is detailed in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. College staff and homestay providers are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for vulnerable students or colleagues, to prevent concerns from escalating.
At MLS we expect that all students, staff and other stakeholders respect the Core British values, including:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- respectful tolerance of different faiths or beliefs.
Further information on safeguarding is available at Bournemouth and Poole Local Children’s Safeguarding Board website at the following link – SAFEGUARDING
The safeguarding Board also offer leaflets on safeguarding – following the relevant link below.