The College of the Holy Child is in the centre of Hastings (East Sussex), a town of around 80,000 people on the south coast of England and 60 miles away from London.
With grounds covering 110,000 m2, the facilities are housed in six main buildings: Church, Gothic, Kent, Dickens, Byron and Coventry (four of which have been designated as listed buildings by English Heritage).In addition, the college has a library, computer rooms, two football pitches, a basketball and volleyball court, a play room, two tennis courts, a swimming pool, cafeteria, cinema, sitting rooms and games rooms, comfortable dormitories and spacious garden areas.
The Holy Child is a seven-minute walk from the town’s shopping area, which means our students can stroll into the centre everyday and practice their English in a true-to-life environment.
Premises that are both traditional and modern
Staying at a residential college
The option of a residential stay is the right one for those parents who want their children to strike a perfect balance between learning English and having fun and enjoying their free time, at the same time receiving greater control and protection.
Whenever students on a residential course leave the College they are always accompanied by a monitor.
Co-existence and friendship in the school: living, sharing, studying… in English
Many of the sports and social activities are held from suppertime onwards, once the day’s classroom programme has finished. This is when students staying at the school can make the most of their time to get to know each other and have fun. This is one of the advantages this option has over home stays.
Travelling abroad is an exciting experience full of surprises and new friends. The chance to share it with boys and girls from other countries is something children look forward to eagerly. Our job is to harness that energy and ensure that true friendships are formed.
Our aim is to make their time at the Holy Child a combination of an English language course and summer holidays. To achieve this, we dedicate ourselves to the children right from the start by drawing on our experience and organising sports and social activities in which they can share feelings, experiences, games and knowledge.
The welcome party is the best way to start, and then throughout the course sport, activities and shared experiences consolidate the ties between them. At the farewell party, the memories and emotions of their shared time together reinforce these ties, helping to forge a lasting relationship of true friendship.
Monitors help the students to settle in and ensure they behave properly. They accompany them on outings and during sports and other activities outside class time and supervise the dormitories; they stay with the students at all times if they require any medical treatment, etc. They are recruited according to the nationality of the students taking part in the courses.
In addition, there are Activities Trainers - the native English-speaking monitors who organise most of the sports activities.
Our aim at the Holy Child is to ensure that each student has the type of accommodation that makes them feel most comfortable.
There are various accommodation options, in all cases with separate buildings for boys and girls. We have dormitories for two, four or more students. We recommend the ones for six or more, as the time shared between the students is more enriching and more fun. The choice of dormitories is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Full board and services
Students receive full board and lodging, with breakfast, lunch and supper. This also includes a laundry service, with clothes being collected approximately once a week. Students are required to bring their own towel, but bed linen is provided.
The toilet and shower areas are spacious, and although they are shared they are designed to ensure our students’ privacy.
The Holy Child cannot be held responsible for the students’ property, but there is a banking service for depositing any money or items of value they might have.