Last Reviewed: 24/05/2021

Next Review: 07/06/2021

Covid-19 Refund Promise

After Monday 17th May 2021, all bookings will become subject to our regular Terms and Conditions. However, we are adding the following term to provide maximum security for you and your family:

“Students prevented from travelling to the course on the course start date due to international travel restrictions (i.e. country is on UK government’s Amber or Red travel list) will be entitled to receive a full refund, postponement to later 2021 date, or rollover to 2022 course, for all fees paid (no charges)”.

This means that you can pay for a course in confidence, knowing that if you are prevented from travelling you will not be penalized in any way. For the avoidance of doubt, we will only accept students travelling from green list countries this summer. For an explanation of the UK’s international travel requirements and “traffic light” lists, please see below.


SBC International COVID Safety

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional experience for students and their families. This personal support begins the moment you make your first enquiry with us and continues through to your child returning safely home. We are regularly inspected by the British Council Accreditation scheme inspectors, who have bestowed points of strength on our Care of Students, Safeguarding Under 18s and Premises & Facilities.

Since the UK has already delivered tens of millions of vaccines, with a clear plan for this to continue, the UK Government are confident that a gradual plan to ease restrictions can begin in March. Once this plan begins, it will be monitored and adjusted if necessary so that travel and social contact can begin to increase, when safe to do so. Under the plan and subject to the scientific data, the last of any restrictions in the UK will be lifted on 21st June 2021. Importantly, there will be no limit on social contact, which will take effect 3 weeks before the start of our summer courses. This exciting news means you can be assured our summer courses can take place in a safe and secure manner.

The UK Government have recently outlined how international travel can resume. A traffic light system, which will categorise countries as ‘green’ (low-risk), ‘amber’ (moderate-risk) or ‘red’ (high-risk) based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel, will be set up to protect the public and the vaccine rollout from international COVID-19 variants. The UK Government has now released the list of green, amber and red list countries here, which will come into effect after 17th May 2021.  The lists will be reviewed every three weeks “from early June” – the first update is expected to take place between 1st and 4th June 2021.


MeasureGreen CountryAmber CountryRed Country
Passenger Locator FormYesYesYes
Pre-departure TestYesYesYes
Managed Quarantine at HotelNoNo10 days
Self-isolationNo10 daysN/A
Test to ReleaseN/AOn day 5No
PCR TestingOn or before day 2On or before day 2On or before day 2
Further PCR TestingNoDay 8Day 8


Safety Measures at Our Summer Schools

To provide you with peace of mind, we have put together a package of measures and benefits when booking your 2021 course with us.  The situation is dynamic in the UK, as it is worldwide, meaning guidance constantly evolves and changes in line with the scientific data. The guidance outlined on this page has been prepared so that we could deliver courses in current circumstances. However, as UK rules and regulations are expected to change prior to the summer, and as it does, this page will be reviewed and revised accordingly. We shall carefully respond to the latest government guidance, and prioritise the wellbeing, safety and learning of all students.

SBC International alumni families were surveyed in November 2020 to ensure your suggestions and requests are incorporated into our 2021 courses. We thank all parents and students for your contribution to building a safe community this summer.

All SBC programmes will adopt the UK government’s latest safety guidance published at the time. However, you will see more safety measures over and above than the national guidance, specifically: additional PPE (masks/visors), social distancing, regular temperature checks, additional cleaning, regularly scheduled handwashing, personal hand gel provided for all students & automatic hand gel stations in all communal areas.

Testing – All Students & Staff

All SBC International students will be tested on arrival. We have engaged a market-leading precision oncology services laboratory to partner with, ensuring all students are screened. The exact procedure will follow the latest technology available in July 2021, currently, the advice is PCR antigen test. This will be administered on arrival. Results will be returned to our Head of Welfare within 2 working days, ensuring the rest of the course is run with health assurances. Testing will either be available as part of Heathrow airport’s service if using an SBC airport transfer or on arrival at school (if arriving with family or via another airport). All SBC International staff will also undergo the same testing procedure prior to students arriving.

2-Week Courses Only

To reduce the number of contacts between students and to allow genuine full cleaning of campuses, only 2-week courses will be available. This allows all students in one enrolment to depart the campus, a full campus clean, before the new students arrive – thereby limiting infection spread points. This means students studying with us in 2021 will only come into contact with the students they arrived with, not newly arrived students each week.

Single Rooms Only

Currently, sharing a room with someone from a different family is not permitted. Therefore, we have arranged with our partner schools and colleges to ensure that all students and staff are accommodated at the school or college in their own private bedroom. If you have siblings of the same gender attending the same course at the same time, please contact one of our admissions managers if you would like them to share a room.

Regular Communication

You will be assigned a personal member of our admissions team who will send you a daily update on your child and the news from the school or college throughout their stay. The Admissions Manager will also be available to take your phone calls and answer your e-mails throughout.


Visiting famous cities and tourist destinations is an enjoyable part of a traditional summer course. To travel to a different country and stay within the school or college would remove the full benefit of an international course with students of many nationalities studying together and making friends.

Travel Insurance

Every student registered with us is covered under our comprehensive travel insurance policy. This means you’ll be covered for any expenses incurred if you contract COVID-19 whilst travelling. You’ll also be covered for any testing costs and we’ll fly you home for medical treatment if required (subject to terms and conditions).

Cover for Covid Isolation
If you are asked to quarantine during your course, you will be covered for an extended stay and a new return flight home.

Booking Changes
You can amend your Summer School booking for free if you contract COVID-19 or are officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates, or if your local area goes into a regional lockdown over the dates you are due to depart.


Summer School should be a truly memorable experience for all our students. As such, we are taking steps to guarantee the quality of the experience, and ensure you have the experience of a lifetime.

You might see some changes at your summer school compared to previous years, which are unavoidable due to the current climate. Rules and regulations can change quickly, which means some of the locations we traditionally visit on excursions or aspect of the social programme might change. But we can ensure that you still have a great summer school experience.

SBC is part of the Dukes Education family of over 20 year-round schools, colleges and nurseries. We have worked carefully with Principals across the business to develop the very best COVID-secure courses based on their experience. The collective professional experience across the group contributes to our safety procedures and course planning. These safety measures were proven during the Christmas holidays, by delivering a residential course at Cardiff Sixth Form College (the UK’s top A-Level College of the last decade) for over 130 students. We will be running a number of programmes for international students in Easter 2021, ensuring our robust policies and procedures keep residents safe, healthy and happy.

When We’ll Get in Contact

If we know about what we would consider being major changes to your Summer School experience – whether at your chosen campus, or with the advertised programme – we’ll get in touch with you directly to discuss your options. For example, if you have booked to attend a course at one of our campuses, but local restrictions make it prohibitive to enter the area.

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