The wellbeing of our students is our number one priority at KMN International. We do everything possible to ensure the safety and welfare of students the entire time they are with us.
All the staff are trained in health and safety and first aid. They are well experienced in many issues regarding the wellbeing of children and teenagers, both physically and mentally. They are constantly vigilant to potential problems that children may have during class time and activities and know how to prevent any issues before they become problems.
Our focus during the Summer Camps is on the happiness and security of the children and to ensure they are having fun as well as learning. Even for children who have been on summer camps before, meeting a crowd of strange people can be daunting. We aim to create an atmosphere where they see this as fun rather than scary and that they learn to create strong friendships with us. However, since not all children are not the same, all our staff are experienced and well-trained in dealing with issues of nerves or homesickness.
During their stay with us, staff keep in close contact with parents during each child’s stay and are always there to answer any questions. We try to prepare children before the course starts to get them in the right frame of mind to leave home and meet new people and places. We also have an event at the end to give them a memorable send off. We want every child to return home with increased confidence, happy memories and new friendships.
Staff are always close at hand to supervise and support students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff are residential at the school and there is always someone on duty throughout the night should the children need them. With 1 member of staff for every 10 children at our Summer Camp, we are able to offer a very high standard of supervision.
For each event we aim to provide as much help to come to experience our unique programme. Please consult the programme webpage or leaflet or contact us directly to find out the transportation arrangements for your programme. However our programmes are near Newcastle International Airport and we will arrange pick up from that airport.
Students coming to our international summer schools from some countries will require a visa to come to the United Kingdom. You can check with the British consulate or embassy in your home country to see whether this applies, or visit Check UK Visa
If you do require a visa, the type of visa needed is a Short Term Study (child) visa. You should not apply for a Tier 4 Student or Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa. To come to the United Kingdom as a Short Term Study visitor you must be able to show that the child:
- has been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accredited place of study for a limited period, not exceeding 6 months;
- has a parent/guardian that agrees to them travelling and can financially support them;
- does not intend to seek private medical treatment during the visit (other than in an emergency);
- does not intend to take employment in the United Kingdom;
- is under the age of 18;
- can demonstrate that suitable arrangements have been made for travel to and from the United Kingdom and that reception and care in the United Kingdom have been arranged for the duration of the stay;
- has a parent or guardian in the child’s home country or country of habitual residence who is responsible for his or her care.
To aid in the visa process, KMN International Ltd will provide a Visa Support Letter once we have received the deposit payment. The Visa Support Letter will contain the following information:
- Full name
- Passport number
- The start and finish dates of the course and the full address of the school at which the child will be attending
- The total cost of the course
- Confirmation that the course is residential with all meals included, confirmation of the educational institution the student will attend and activities are included.
The Visa Support Letter will be sent to you by post.
It is important to note that depending on the country, visa applications can take around 20 working days (or 3-4 weeks). If your child requires a visa you are advised to begin the visa application process as early as possible – most embassies/consulates will accept visa applications up to 3 months prior to the proposed date of travel. Once the visa is obtained you will need to email us with a scanned copy of the child’s passport and the visa. Also, it may be necessary for your child to attend an interview at your local UK foreign mission.
If the Short Term Study (Child) visa application is refused, then provided we receive a valid visa refusal letter, a full refund will be issued, with deduction of a £200 administration fee. No refund will be given in the instance where one or more of these criteria is not met:
The visa application must be made with sufficient time prior to the arrival date to allow for the length of application time as indicated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
All necessary documentation must be provided as indicated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
The parent/guardian must be able to demonstrate that all necessary steps were taken to obtain the correct visa. For more information on applying for a visa see the links below:
All students attending our summer school programmes must have comprehensive travel insurance.
We would like to introduce the various sites we may be visiting during your child’s stay here:
Kielder is one of the least populated nature reserves in the UK and brings you nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder. It is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England. The centre there has many outdoor activities such as hiking, horse-riding and archery.
As the cultural centre and capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has much to offer. There is the historic medieval Royal Mile and the famous Castle, a world class university and many other sites of interest. Edinburgh still has the feel of an ancient British city but with all that a modern city can offer.
Durham is a special place with a long history. At the heart there is the beautiful ancient cathedral with a top class university roundabout. Like Edinburgh, it has preserved much of the medieval feel and character. With the River Wear weaving slowly through the city, it is a romantic place to walk through with many places to visit.
Beamish is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum’s guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century. Once you step inside you are immediately sounded by the British Industrial Revolution and the age of trams and steam trains. You can visit a 1913 town complete with dentist and teashop. You can also go down an Edwardian coal mine and see the miners’ cottages or visit a Georgian farmhouse and talk to the farmer and his wife. In Beamish you get a better feel for the British people and their history.
This special town has been continually settled since the Iron Age and has many historical sites of a town of such an age: a castle, priori (a place for religious monks), cobbled streets, it also has a beautiful view of the North Sea and a pretty beach. There is also an aquarium and an old Victorian train station.
Alnwick Castle is famous for where Harry Potter was filmed but Alnwick has a significant place in Northumberland, not just historically but as the current residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. It has been the home of the Dukes (formerly the Earls) of Northumberland since medieval times who have played a significant role in the history of the North of England and the UK as a whole for many centuries. The castle is full of historical artefacts and one of the country’s finest art collections. There are various museums and exhibitions around the UK’s major historical events such as the Magna Carta and the First World War.
The current Duchess, Jane Percy, renovated the grounds of the castle to produce a magnificent tourist attraction. It is the most ambitious new garden created in the United Kingdom since the Second World War, with a reported total development cost of £42 million. It includes a tree house complex, an impressive fountain and the Poison Garden.
The home of one of the oldest and distinguished universities in the world, a visit to the UK would not be complete without a visit to Oxford. Dating back to 1096, Oxford has produced 28 Nobel laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, and many foreign heads of state. It has held a key role in the political, intellectual and social shaping of the UK and indeed the world. It lies in some of the most scenic areas in the world and it still holds that distinctive historical character that makes Oxford unique as a town.