All of our host families are based in Ramsgate and we have over 150 host families within 15 minutes walking distance from the school (and others within 25 minutes). Hosts are carefully selected and closely monitored. We look for friendly host families that:
- Have a genuine interest in hosting students
- Are friendly, helpful and patient
- Provide the same care, support, and comfort they would to another member of their family
Hosting a student means treating them as a full member of the household. This includes eating meals together, talking to each other and sharing the same living areas. It is important for a homestay provider to help their student feel at home, and speak with them at every opportunity. Our families are chosen for their cleanliness, comfort and for the friendliness with which they welcome you into their home. We understand that the quality of accommodation is just as important as the choice of course - it is where you will spend a lot of your time and friendships made can last long after you have gone home again. Our families try their very best to help students improve their English and do everything possible to make their stay happy and successful.
We have a large register of families who have all been personally inspected and classified as homes we are happy to send our students to. Many of our host families have worked with us for many years. We take into account all of the feedback our clients provide and only work with families who offer a good standard of homestay accommodation. Families are also revisited every year to make sure that our standards are maintained. All host families must provide a gas safety certificate yearly. All property is inspected and a risk assessment is carried out annually by our accommodation staff.
All host families are found and vetted by our accommodation department. We do not use agencies to find our host families for us. Below are two examples of host families we have found and used for Ramsgate main school students:
The Kimbrey Family
Lesley and Paul live in a beautiful house in a quiet area of Ramsgate close to the sea. Paul is an engineer and in his spare time enjoys sport, especially golf. Lesley is a catering assistant and enjoys gardening. She is a very good cook and loves creating different meals for her students. Lesley and Paul have had many students over the years. They are a popular choice with students returning year after year.
The Purvis Family
Anne lives in a large house very close to the school with her two cats. Anne is a very active lady who is now retired and enjoys gardening and dancing. She also goes swimming every day to keep fit. When Anne was younger her family were in the navy so she has lived in many different countries. Anne has had students for over 25 years and goes to visit many of them in their own country.