Information for Parents
This page is designed to answer any questions you have about the programme and to give you information on the staffing and care that your child will receive whilst on the Pre-University Summer School.
This page should be read in conjunction with our Parent/Guardian Information document and other polices that can be found at the bottom of this page.
Throughout their time on the programme, students will be fully supported by a team of trained and experienced Pre-University Summer School ambassadors. These ambassadors are current King's students that have been carefully selected to support the students and help make their stay as comfortable and safe as possible. The student ambassadors will support them in lessons, escort them on course excursions and also live alongside those students in accommodation. Full-time members of the King's Pre-University Summer School team will also be on hand throughout the programme.
Safety and supervision
The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is of utmost priority. We implement a variety of measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times. This is especially important due to the central London location of the Summer School. These measures include:
Induction session to help students enjoy the campus and city safely
24-hour programme staffing throughout (for residential students)
On-site residential Pre-University Summer School student ambassadors (with a maximum 1:16 staff to student ratio) and 24-hour security
Sign out procedure and nightly curfew times
Strict adherence to single-sex accommodation areas
Zero tolerance for alcohol use by any student
There will be times during the programme, both during the day and evening, where students may be unsupervised, especially if they choose to opt out of any optional activities. However, all students will be provided with contact details for their assigned ambassador and the Summer Programmes team to ensure they can always reach a member of staff.
King’s has an increased duty of care to all students under the age of 18 (U18s). The King’s College London Safeguarding Policy (see below) applies. In addition, the Summer Programmes Supplement to the King’s College London Safeguarding Policy (see below) applies.
Code of Conduct
To ensure the safety and well-being of all, students will be required adhere to our code of conduct. This outlines the programme rules and regulations, expected behaviour and conduct towards fellow students and staff members. If the code of conduct is broken parents will be informed and the student may be removed from the programme. Please refer to our Parent/Guardian Information Document for full details (see below).
Welfare, advice and counselling
King's has a dedicated and trained team of welfare, counselling and support staff who are available for students during the programme. This team can provide impartial and confidential support to the students if needed, whether this is for general support, advice or any particular issues that arise during the Summer School. Find out more on our Student Services webpage.
The programme fee includes basic travel, medical and emergency insurance cover. Students are covered from the point of purchase (payment of fees) but there are limitations to what this insurance covers. Please review the details in the relevant policy below.
For students who paid their programme fee before 1st March 2019:
Statement of Insurance
Policy Travel Insurance
For students who paid their programme fee on and after 1st March 2019:
Statement of Insurance 2019
Policy Travel Insurance 2019
We would still strongly advise all applicants to speak with appropriate travel/medical insurers to identify and take out the appropriate level of insurance to cover their individual needs and requirements.
Health and Fitness
We do not exclude anybody on the basis of health conditions or disability, and every opportunity will be taken to ensure a student's stay is as comfortable and safe as possible while at King's. However, it is important for students and parents to be aware of the physical demands of the programme due to our central London location and many of the programme's excursions and activities. These may include:
Activities or events that require students to be on their feet for extended periods e.g. guided walking tours, walking within London
Mild to intermediate physical activity e.g. obstacle courses and zip wire
Travel on the London Underground, including standing or sitting on transport for extended periods
Further information on health, fitness, dietary and medical requirements will be requested in advance for planning purposes but do not form any part of the admission process. If you would like advice on these issues in advance, please contact us for more information.
As a condition of offer, it is a requirement to complete and return the Agreement to Study Form. The form will be sent via the Admissions Portal but is also accessible here: