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Following UK government’s announcement on February 22nd 2021 on schools,  IH London resumed face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. 

IH London now offers face-to-face lessons in;

General English (From March 8th)

Executive English (From March 8th)

Teacher Training (From April 6th)

Foreign Languages (From April 12th)

 

IH London will also continue to offer online courses across all products as usual.

You can find out more information in these questions and answers, and on the UK government website. If you are unsure of anything, please contact the school.

As of the 19th July 2021, most restrictions in England have been lifted and we are more or less experiencing normal life again.

From 10th December 2021 face coverings will still be required in most outdoor settings. There are some places where face coverings are exempt. You can find a full list of places where face coverings will be mandatory on the UK Government website here

Settings which are exempt from wearing a face covering include:

  • Restaurants, cafés and canteens
  • Bars and shisha bars
  • Gyms & exercise facilities
  • Photography studios
  • Nightclubs, dance halls and  discotheques

It is advisable to try to meet friends and family outdoors where possible. However, restrictions in hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafes, cinemas etc are no longer in place and the 2 meter rule has come to and end. 

Full details of the most recent changes can be found here on the UK Government website. 

If you are unsure of anything, please just ask us. Everyone at the school is here to help you.

Information for students arriving in England – from 09 Jan 2022

The rules for travel to England depend on where you are travelling from and whether you are fully vaccinated or not. Different rules apply to people arriving in Scotland or Wales.

 

Red list countries

If you are travelling from a red list country (or have passed through one in the last 10 days) you can only travel to the UK if you have UK residence or a study visa.

Before you travel to London you must do the following:

1. Take a Pre-travel Covid-19 test.

2. Complete the ‘Passenger Locator Form’

3. Book and pay for a ‘Quarantine Hotel Package’

There are currently no countries on the UK government Red list.

 

The rest of the world – vaccinated travellers

Travellers who are ‘fully vaccinated’* need to do two things before travelling:

1. Book and pay for a Day 2 Covid Antigen/Lateral Flow test (or a more expensive PCR test)

2. Complete the Passenger Locator Form (see below) with the reference number of the test.

You do not need to take a test before travelling, and do not need to isolate (unless the Day 2 test is positive)

*’Fully vaccinated’ means you have taken a complete course of an approved vaccine (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTec, Moderna, Janssen, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing, Covaxin) more than 14 days before arriving, under an approved programme in UK, EU/EEA, USA or many other countries including: Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or Turkey.

You will need to show the details (including your name, DoB, the vaccine brand, and date of each dose) on an official certificate – either printed or digital.

The Day 2 test can be taken any time between arriving (Day 0) and the end of Day 2.

 

The rest of the world – unvaccinated travellers

If you are not fully vaccinated you need to

1. Take a Pre-travel Covid-19 test.

2. Complete the ‘Passenger Locator Form’

3. Book and pay for a ‘Travel Test Package’ (see below)

4. Isolate for 10 (or 5) days

 

Pre-travel Test

The test must be taken within 72 hours of the departure of your flight to London. So if you fly on a Sunday, the test must be taken on Thursday or Friday. You will need to show a negative result (by text or email) to check in and board the flight. You might also be asked to show the result when you arrive in London.

 

Passenger Locator Form

Less than 48 hours before departure you must complete a form with your contact details and the address in London where you will be staying (and isolating if necessary). You will also need to enter your passport and flight details and the reference number of tests you have booked. You can complete the form here: Passenger locator form

 

Travel Test Package

If you are not vaccinated, you need to book and pay for two PCR tests, that you will take on or before day 2 and on day 8 of you time in the UK (the day you arrive is Day 0) . The tests cost £50-100 each and must be delivered to the address given on the passenger locator form. The tests can be ordered from a company here: Travel Test providers . Or from IH London – see below.

 

Isolating

If you have to isolate for 10 days (or only 5 days with the Test-to-Release option) you can use public transport to get to your accommodation. You must stay in the same location for the period of isolation.

You cannot:

• leave the building at any time (except to take or return a Covid Test)

• have visitors

• go to the shops. You must have all food delivered to your home.

You should have as little contact as possible with other people that you live with.

After 10 days (or 5 days with Test-to-Release) if you have a negative test and no symptoms, you can stop isolating.

The Test-to-Release option allows you to stop isolating if you take another test after 5 days of isolation and get a negative result. This can be booked separately. Test-to-Release providers

IH London can arrange:

1. a Day 2 test for Vaccinated travellers for £50

2. a complete Covid Test Package for unvaccinated travellers for £256. It includes the two required tests taken on days 2 and 8 and the Test-to-Release option taken on Day 5 allowing you to stop isolating early.

Please contact us for more information.  Please note this information changes regularly. This information is correct as of 06 January 2022

At IH London the safety of our students is our top priority.  We have put clear safety measures in place to ensure our students and staff are protected.  Please see these measures below:

  • We have changed the times of our lessons, so students can travel to the school when it is quieter.
  • IH London encourages workplace testing and is providing rapid testing to staff and students in school.
  • Students and staff are asked to wear face coverings when in the class and when moving around the building.
  • Classrooms will be sanitized after each session.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on each floor and in each classroom.
  • The school building will be deep-cleaned and sanitized every day

Yes, all our online courses are running as usual and we will continue to run our online courses.

IH London will also provide online provision to students having to self-isolate upon arriving to the UK after  30th November 2021.

We are currently offering Online courses for the following;

General English

Executive English 

Teacher Training

Foreign languages 

Evening Courses 

IH London has resumed face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. All schools in the UK have reopened for face-to-face teaching from this date.

IH London will offer face-to-face lessons in;

General English (From March 8th)

Executive English (From March 8th)

Foreign Languages (From April 12th)

 

All our usual accommodation options are available: both student residences and homestay.

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Find out more about the new safety measures in student residences.

If you are staying in Chapter Highbury each group of up to 5 residents sharing a kitchen are considered one household and this means you can socialise together indoors or outdoors. You must not mix with any other households indoors.

If you are staying at Chapter Kings Cross, where students have individual studios, you can elect one other person to mix with in a support bubble indoors and outdoors. Your support bubble must be organised through your Chapter Community Team.

If you are staying in homestay full board catering of breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided for the duration of quarantine.   

 

Residences

  • At the residences all common areas remain closed
  • 24 hour staffing for any assistance needed
  • Students will have their own kitchenware for shared kitchens. A self-managed rota system will be in place for kitchen use.
  • Shared kitchens will be deep cleaned once a week
  • No visitors are allowed in residences
  • As before, over 18s only in residences
  • If you need to quarantine at any point during your stay, IHL will provide support and help with food and other items that you need.
  • If you are staying in Chapter Highbury each group of up to 5 residents sharing a kitchen are considered one household and this means you can socialise together indoors or outdoors. You must not mix with any other households indoors.
  • If you are staying at Chapter Kings Cross, where students have individual studios, you can elect one other person to mix with in a support bubble indoors and outdoors. Your support bubble must be organised through your Chapter Community Team.
  • You must not meet socially with friends indoors unless they are part of your household or pre-agreed support bubble, this includes in your room or communal areas.
  • Ensure you follow the social distancing guidelines that are clearly marked out to allow for two metres between you and a fellow resident.
  • You must also wear a mask when moving around the building and make use of the hand sanitising points.

Find out how Chapter is keeping residences safe

 

Homestay

  • Host families will follow all government guidelines on social distancing
  • One student per household
  • Hosts will ensure communal areas are maintained to a high degree of cleanliness
  • If you need to quarantine at any point during your stay, hosts will provide support and help with food and other items that you need.
  • Your homestay family counts as one household and you can mix together indoors or outdoors.
  • Full board catering of breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided for the duration of quarantine.

 

We are currently running our social programme face-to-face and online, with a new  activity every weekday. 

Examples include:

  • Bikes rides and park visits 
  • Walking and photo tours of London
  • Tennis 

12th April marked the next phase of changes on what you can and cannot do in London. Further lockdown rules have been lifted, however there are still some restrictions in place to ensure the spread of the virus is maintained.

What you can and can’t do in London 

Most hospitality and public buildings are now open and with spring in full bloom, many outdoor events such as fetes, fairs sporting activities (in support bubbles) can now take place.

You can:

  • Meet with friends and family outdoors in a group of up to 6 from any number of household.
  • Meet in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) 
  • You can do unlimited exercise outdoors on your own, in a group of 6 people or in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and support bubbles, if eligible).
  • Indoor leisure facilities and gyms are open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You can visit parks, public gardens, grounds of heritage sites, playgrounds.
  • Non essential shops are now open so you can go shopping for most things now as well as food shopping (follow all safety precautions: socially distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitiser)
  • Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) are open. Full list of business that are open can be found on the UK government website. 
  • You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops, public transport, theatres, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes)

Remember: Hands, Face, Space

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds each time
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Full details of what you can and can’t do in London here 

If you are unsure of anything, please just ask us. Everyone at the school is here to help you.

 

Cafes, restaurants, bars and supermarkets are open as usual.

Face masks will still need to be worn inside some establishments as advised.  

 

Students need to let us know immediately if they feel unwell.

They can notify us by call, WhatsApp, text or the IH London emergency number. Full details will be given in their starter pack.

We have protocols in place for this situation and will make sure the student who is ill is well cared for, and that other students are safe.

Yes, we are still running our online courses. They have been very popular and are now part of our permanent range of courses.

Our online English courses are a great way to prepare for your trip to the UK and to keep practising your English after you return home. They are also a great alternative if you are unable to travel. View our online English courses

We are currently offering Online courses for the following;

General English

Executive English 

Teacher Training

Foreign languages 

Evening Courses 

We are here to help you learn in the best possible way for you. We’d like to hear from you if you have any other questions about visiting us or anything else we can help you with.

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