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Following UK government’s latest announcement on February 22nd 2021 on schools,  IH London will resume face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. All schools in the UK will reopen 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)

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.

London is currently placed under lockdown as of Wednesday 6th January.

This means all schools must close for face-to-face teaching. It does also change what you can and cannot do in and around London. 

Bars, pubs, cafes, and restaurants are now closed but only open for takeaway and delivery until (11pm). Cinemas and theatres are closed, except for broadcast performances online. Museums, galleries, the London Eye and other tourist attractions are closed. There are still many outdoor sights to see walking around London, staying socially distanced, with a lovely hot cup of takeaway coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

What you can and can’t do in London 

The aim of the restrictions is to reduce contact with other people and contain the spread of Covid-19, keeping everyone safe.

You can:

  • Learn online via IH London online courses from home.
  • You can continue to exercise alone, or with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • You can visit parks, public gardens, grounds of heritage sites, playgrounds.
  •  You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
  • Go food shopping (follow all safety precautions: socially distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitiser)
  • Cafes and restaurants are open for takeaways and delivery only.
  • Attend any medical appointments needed

You can’t:

  • Meeting people inside who are not in your household or support bubble is not allowed. This includes indoors in public places such as cafes and restaurants. This also includes attending schools for face-to-face learning or meeting your friends.
  • Meeting people outside in their garden is not allowed, unless they are in your household or support bubble.

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.

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.

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.
  • Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 8 for large rooms and a maximum of 6 for medium rooms to enable social distancing.
  • Students and staff are asked to wear face coverings when in the class and when moving around the building.
  • Break times will be staggered so students are not moving around the corridors or in communal areas at the same time.
  • The locations of classes will be staged across different floors to ensure separation is maintained between different classes.
  • There is a one-way system for using the two stairwells (this is clearly signposted)
  • 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.

We are currently offering Online courses for the following;

General English

Executive English 

Teacher Training

Foreign languages 

Evening Courses 

IH London will resume face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. All schools in the UK will reopen 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.

View all accommodation options

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.

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.

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

Examples include:

  • Who wants to be a millionaire style quiz
  • English conversation club
  • Karaoke

London is currently placed under lockdown as of Wednesday 6th January.

It does also means there are restrictions on what you can and cannot do in and around London. 

Bars, pubs, cafes, and restaurants are closed but only open for takeaway and delivery until (11pm). Cinemas and theatres are closed, except for broadcast performances online. Museums, galleries, the London Eye and other tourist attractions are closed. There are still many outdoor sights to see walking around London, staying socially distanced, with a lovely hot cup of takeaway coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

What you can and can’t do in London 

The aim of the restrictions is to reduce contact with other people and contain the spread of Covid-19, keeping everyone safe.

You can:

  • Learn online via IH London online courses from home now. You can attend your face-to-face lesson at the school from March 8th and after the 10 day isolation period upon arrival to the UK. 
  • You can continue to exercise alone, or with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • You can visit parks, public gardens, grounds of heritage sites, playgrounds.
  •  You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
  • Go food shopping (follow all safety precautions: socially distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitiser)
  • Cafes and restaurants are open for takeaways and delivery only.
  • Attend any medical appointments needed

You can’t:

  • Meeting people inside who are not in your household or support bubble is not allowed. This includes indoors in public places such as cafes and restaurants. This also includes attending schools for face-to-face learning or meeting your friends.
  • Meeting people outside in their garden is not allowed, unless they are in your household or support bubble.

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.

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.

 

Food shops are open. Cafes and restaurants offering prepared food for takeaway or delivery are also open.

We are in central London and you will still have your choice of food. 

Face masks must be worn inside shops and takeaway places.

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 

Following UK government’s latest announcement on February 22nd 2021 on schools,  IH London will resume face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. All schools in the UK will reopen 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)

If you are travelling from, or have visited in the last 10 days, any country on the ‘red list’ you will not be allowed to enter the UK. ‘Red list’ countries include: all of South America, most of southern Africa, United Arab Emirates and Portugal. For the full list please visit: ‘Red list’ countries.

If you are travelling from any other country not listed then you are able to visit the UK but you must adhere to arrival guidelines as outlined in the FAQ section 15. 

Please note this information changes regularly. This information is correct as of 12 Feb 2021.

Students who are not arriving from a ‘Red list country’ on or after 15 Feb 2021 must do the following before arriving;

1. Take a Covid-19 test and get a negative result
2. Complete the ‘Passenger Locator Form’
3. Book and pay for a ‘Travel Test Package’

1. 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.

2. Passenger Locator Form
Less than 48 hours before departure you must complete a form to give the address of where you will isolate in London for 10 days. You will also need to enter your passport and flight details. You can complete the form here: Passenger locator form.

3. Travel Test Package
You need to book and pay for 2 tests, that you will take on day 2 and day 8 of your isolation. The tests cost £210 and will be delivered to the address given on the passenger locator form. The tests must be ordered here: COVID Home Test Kits
Isolating when you arrive in the UK, you must isolate for 10 days. You can use public transport to get to your accommodation. You must stay in the same location for 10 days.

You cannot:
• leave the building at any time
• 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, if you have a negative test and no symptoms, you can stop isolating.
IH London has excellent residential accommodation, at reduced rates, where you can isolate and where you will be looked after.

Please contact accommodation@ihlondon.com for more information.

IH London is offering students free accommodation and online lessons if they have to self-isolate on arrival to the UK.

When booking a course with accommodation:

  • Book any course and at least 4 weeks of paid residential accommodation with IH London and we will provide free residential accommodation for up to two weeks if you are required to self-isolate on arrival. Free online lessons will be offered during the quarantine period 

When booking a course without accommodation:

  • Book a minimum of 12 weeks study with IH London on any General English course and we will provide free residential accommodation for up to two weeks if you are required to self-isolate on arrival. No accommodation booking required. Free online lessons will be offered during the quarantine period

Terms and conditions:

Valid for for courses starting in 2021. Book by 31 March 2021. Quarantine offers cannot be combined with any other tuition promotions. If quarantine is not required at the time of departure accommodation can still be offered but at the standard rates. The free accommodation offer only stands if quarantine is required by UK law. Excludes 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.

Contact us on sales@ihlondon.com

Student support available

Our staff are available to help you.

Contact student services:
info@ihlondon.com
020 7611 2400 (Select option 4 to speak to student services)
All current students also have the emergency student welfare mobile phone number

Contact the accommodation team: accommodation@ihlondon.com

Contact the student welfare team: welfare.officer@ihlondon.com

 

Further updates

We are here for your safety and well-being. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, keeping you up-to-date. If you have any concerns at all, please speak to us.

Everyone at IH London wishes you and your loved ones health and happiness, now and always.

UK Government offical advice on what you can and can’t do

National Health Service (NHS) latest advice on Coronavirus

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