Updated Oct 2022 (DM)
We hope that you will be happy with the school and accommodation. Please tell us immediately if you have a problem of any sort so that we can help. However, if you wish to make a complaint, we have the following procedure:
Please see the relevant member of staff (see below). If you have a complaint, they will listen to your complaint, and try to find a solution to the problem. They will also ask you to fill in a complaints form.
Teachers and teaching: Susi Wright, Director of Studies
Accommodation: Julie Ransley, Accommodation Manager
Refunds & other Finance: Sandro Saviolo, Operations Director
If you are still not satisfied, please see the Principal, Fiona Dunlop. If she cannot resolve matters immediately, she will ask you to put your complaint in writing. You will receive a written response within 3 working days. If you are still not satisfied after this you can speak to the Managing Director, Jane Dancaster.
If you still feel that your complaint has not been resolved in a satisfactory manner, please put the complaint in writing and send it to:
219 St John Street
London, EC1V 4LY
Where possible, we ask students to see their teacher if they are unhappy with their class or level. However, if they are embarrassed, or the problem is with their teacher, they can speak to the Director of Studies, who will inform them of proposed action (see below). She will then invite them to come back within a week to see if matters have improved.
The Director of Studies will discuss the problem with the teacher concerned and identify possible solutions. If necessary, the Director of Studies or the ADoS will observe the class, with a second observation if deemed necessary. The DoS or ADoS will also give support where appropriate, e.g. with lesson planning and choice of materials.
If the students are still unhappy, the Director of Studies may move the teacher to a more suitable class. If the problem is due to a personality clash, it may be possible to move the student to another class at the same level.
All the above stages are documented.
Where possible the DoS or ADoS will provide a teacher with as much support as possible, for example setting up a peer observation programme, helping with lesson preparation and conducting regular developmental observations. However, if matters do not improve, and the teacher continues to have problems with all classes, they will be asked to leave (following the necessary disciplinary procedure), or, if a short term, temporary teacher, their contract will not be renewed.
For serious complaints, the student is asked to fill in a complaints form.
Complaints about accommodation are made to the Accommodation Manager. The AM will try to resolve matters by talking to the homestay host, for example if it is a minor problem such as type of food. However, in most cases it is better to move the student to a new family. If the problem is serious, the AM will visit the family, or may ask the family to come into school for a meeting with the AM and Principal. In extreme cases, the family will no longer be used. All complaints are filed with the family’s details. For serious complaints, the student is asked to fill in a complaints form.
This is an area where the AM has to act with extreme sensitivity.
Please note that there are also occasions where it is the family who has reason to complain about a student, and in those cases, we follow a similar procedure.