English school in Torbay: LAL Torbay

From 320.- GBP
approx 355.- EUR
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Key points

  • Qualified, experienced and friendly teachers
  • Modern and thorough syllabus relating to the different level of the courses
  • Extensive excursion programme offering full- or half-day tours, cultural events, sporting or adventure opportunities
  • Friendly and helpful staff to facilitate a pleasant stay for the students
  • Test center for Cambridge, CELTA and DELTA exams

The school

Levels
Beginner to Proficiency
Exams
Cambridge (FCE, CAE, CPE)
School size
XL
Accommodations
Host family, Residence
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
Germany, Czech Republic, South Korea, etc..
ratings
162 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in the residential area of Paignton, near the town centre, and less than 15 minutes on foot from the beach! There are 31 bright and comfortable classrooms, a library, bookshop and a multimedia room with free Wi-Fi. You also have access to a cafeteria with an inviting student lounge and comfortable seating areas, where you can relax with your friends after classes. In the summertime, you can sit outside in the attractive garden.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Optional language workshops
  • Diploma or Certificate

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From GBP 320.-
(about EUR 360.-)
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(15 during the high season)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
1
320
500
460
2
540
865
785
3
760
1230
1110
4
980
1595
1435
6
1420
2325
2085
8
1780
2935
2615
12
2620
4335
3855
16
3460
5735
5095
24
4900
8295
7335
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From GBP 380.-
(about EUR 427.-)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(15 during the high season)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00 + 12:45-14:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
1
380
560
520
2
660
985
905
3
940
1410
1290
4
1220
1835
1675
6
1780
2685
2445
8
2260
3415
3095
12
3340
5055
4575
16
4420
6695
6055
24
6340
9735
8775
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Combined course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From GBP 400.-
(about EUR 449.-)
Lessons
22 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 2 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(15 during the high season)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00 + one-to-one lessons to be defined

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
1
400
580
540
2
700
1025
945
3
1000
1470
1350
4
1300
1915
1755
6
1900
2805
2565
8
2420
3575
3255
12
3580
5295
4815
16
4740
7015
6375
24
6820
10215
9255
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Mini group standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From GBP 425.-
(about EUR 477.-)
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
1
425
605
565
2
750
1075
995
3
1075
1545
1425
4
1400
2015
1855
6
2050
2955
2715
8
2620
3775
3455
12
3880
5595
5115
16
5140
7415
6775
24
7420
10815
9855
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Business course

Intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 7 week(s)
1 week(s) - From GBP 445.-
(about EUR 500.-)
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 7 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
1
445
625
585
2
790
1115
1035
4
1480
2095
1935
6
2170
3075
2835
7
2515
3565
3285
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Cambridge course (FCE)

Intermediate to Advanced, 6 / 10 week(s)
6 week(s) - From GBP 1750.-
(about EUR 1966.-)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
6 / 10 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 10
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00 + 12:45-14:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
6
1750
2655
2415
10
2660
4095
3695
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 6 wk
04.02 / 08.04 / 06.05 / 28.10.2019
Starting dates 10 wk
07.01 / 11.03 / 08.04 / 30.09.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Cambridge course (CAE)

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 6 / 10 week(s)
6 week(s) - From GBP 1750.-
(about EUR 1966.-)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
6 / 10 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 10
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00 + 12:45-14:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
6
1750
2655
2415
10
2660
4095
3695
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 6 wk
04.02 / 06.05 / 28.10.2019
Starting dates 10 wk
07.01 / 08.04 / 30.09.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Cambridge course (CPE)

Advanced to Proficiency, 6 / 10 week(s)
6 week(s) - From GBP 1750.-
(about EUR 1966.-)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
6 / 10 week(s)
Levels
Advanced to Proficiency
Students/class
max. 10
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00 + 12:45-14:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (private bathroom)
6
1750
2655
2415
10
2660
4095
3695
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.16   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 6 wk
04.02 / 06.05 / 28.10.2019
Starting dates 10 wk
07.01 / 08.04 / 30.09.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 19.04 / 06.05 / 27.05.2019
Holidays
22.12.2019 - 28.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Sunday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (per level) 30 GBP
One-to-one course (min. 2 lessons) (per lesson) 50 GBP
Extra night with host family (Prices and information on request)
Extra night in a residence (Prices and information on request)
Christmas with the host family (22.12-29.12.2019) 50 GBP
Additional night compulsory (CAE: 19.05.2019)
Supplement Course high season (per wk.) (1 -7 weeks, 24.06-23.08.2019) 15 GBP
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (Host family, 23.06-24.08.2019) 15 GBP
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (Residence, 23.06-24.08.2019) 35 GBP
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Heathrow T1, T2, T3, arrival Sunday 9:00-17:30, departure Sunday 12.00–18.00) 120 GBP
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Gatwick, Luton & Stansted, arrival Sunday 10.00–14.00, departure Sunday 14.00–18.00) 200 GBP
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Bristol, arrival Sunday 07:00-21:00, departure Sunday 08:00-21:00) 190 GBP
Airport transfer (Bournemouth. Prices and information on request.)

Other accommodation options

Host family, double room, half board
Host family, single room, half board (private bathroom)
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom) (Hunters Lodge)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4/5
Overall rating

94% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
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/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

162 students gave their opinion about this school

26 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, October 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (2.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
55 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, September 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (3.8 / 5)
School location
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Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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55 years old - Germany
/ 5
Die Schule war schön, das Personal sehr freundlich.
1 week, September 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (2 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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55 years old - Poland
/ 5
3 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (1.7 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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47 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (1.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
35 years old - Italy
/ 5
Soggiorno ricco di stimoli culturali e linguistici: ambiente accogliente e vivace, con un'ampia offerta e possibilità di escursioni nei dintorni. Docenti qualificati e stimolanti, con grande esperienza e professionalità.
2 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4.8 / 5)
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School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
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18 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
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48 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
In der Hochsaison kann ich die Schule nicht empfehlen, da die totale Überbuchung dazu führt, dass Sprachniveaus / Klasseneinteilungen nicht angepasst werden können, dass Klassen grösser sind als angegeben, dass Nebenräume (Bibliothek, Internetraum, Adults Room) zu Klassenzimmern umfunktioniert werden und nicht mehr zugänglich sind, und die Cafeteria total überlastet ist. Als Erwachsen gilt offenbar, wer älter als 16 ist. Das führt zu gemischten KLassen, junge Erwachsene und ältere, welche eine ganz unterschiedliche Lernmotivation und -einstellung haben. Aus meiner Sicht eher suboptimal. Das Angebot (für Jugendliche) ist grundsätzlich gut und breit gefächert. Allerdings wird die Information ungenügend geteilt (alles mündlich, fliessend englisch vorgetragen, ohne Rücksicht auf Anfänger/innen, und das ganze in Grossgruppen von 100 Kids und Jugendlichen...) und insbesondere für jüngere und Anfänger/innen ist das ganz schwierig, da mitzukommmen und zu wissen, wann wo was. Die activity leaders sind nett, aber null proaktiv.
2 weeks, July 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching adults (2.8 / 5)
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Teaching children (2.8 / 5)
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Leisure (3 / 5)
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19 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, July 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (2.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
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Meals
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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16 years old - France
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) ()
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Leisure (4.3 / 5)
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Testimonials

Dilber Erez
Dilber Erez
LAL, Torbay
Duration: 8 weeks

I am very happy at this school. I feel that the teachers are very good and helpful. English was a big challenge during the first couple of weeks but I am beginning to understand the language better and I am making progress. I enjoy speaking to other international students. Hunter's Lodge is a great place to stay, it is near to the school and has wonderful views. Torbay is a perfect town and I enjoy exploring the area.

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Nicole Stasch
Nicole Stasch
LAL, Torbay
Duration: 2 weeks

I chose this destination because I was looking for a nice town in England. Then I discovered Torbay, where the sun often shines. During my stay I visited some places, for instance North Cornwall, which I was very impressed with. During that long walk, I enjoyed the beautiful countryside and the breathtaking scenery from the cliffs. Furthermore, I liked hanging out with friends and walking along the beach. I will remember forever the beautiful countryside and the people I met here, but also all the things I‘ve learnt to improve my English.

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Nora Friedrich
Nora Friedrich
LAL, Torbay
Duration: 2 weeks

I chose this destination because I wanted to improve my language skills and to become more self-confident. My favorite excursion was the visit to Cornwall. The countryside was really nice. I felt the host family was lovely and really kind. They were always open- minded and I could always ask for help. I’d recommend LAL to friends because it was a very good experience. You can meet new friends, improve your English and enjoy the English culture as well as the countryside.

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Host family
Living with a host family will allow you to make the most out of your stay. It’s the best way to discover the local culture and to practise the English learned during your lessons. Living around 20 minutes from the school, students will stay in a double or single room, and half-board is provided. The school carefully chooses the host families and finds a home which is just right for each student.

01.01-22.06.2019 + 25.08-31.12.2019: Double room only available for students travelling together.

Hunters Lodge residence (from 18 years)
This residence offers an exceptional setting for students wishing to stay just a few minutes from the school. Students stay in double or single rooms and have a private bathroom. Meals are not provided, but students have access to a shared kitchen as well as a student lounge with a TV, DVD-player, Wi-Fi and a pool table. Students can also enjoy the lounge, which offers great sea views.

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Hunters lodge Student residence

General information

The residence overlooks the beautiful Goodrington beach and is within short walking distance of all amenities. It's only ten minutes walk away from the school and has a huge garden with BBQ facilities. All rooms are en-suite. There is a pool table in the lounge for all students to use. Students from all over the world reside in Hunters Lodge, making it a great place to meet new friends for life. Outside of high season, students are able to add extra nights that will be charged pro-rata.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
10 minutes
Means of transportation:
on foot
Average public transport cost:
~ 17.50 GBP for a week ticket for all of Torbay, this includes all three towns that make the Bay of Torbay: Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
Walking distance to public transport:
10 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
10 minutes
Coffee shops:
10 minutes
Restaurants:
10 minutes
Shops:
10 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 3:00 pm
Sunday until 11:00 am
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building)
Key (building)
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit

Meals

Use of kitchen 1
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk 1
Smoking area
Outside
1
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen 1
Oven
3x
1
Microwave
1x
1
Cutlery available 1
Vending machine 1
Laundry
~ 4.00 GBP fo washing machine, 1 GBP for drying machine
1
Common area/lounge 1
Wi-Fi internet access
free
1
Cable internet access
TV in common room 1
DVD-player in common room
on request
1
Balcony/terrace 1
Garden 1
BBQ area 1
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars)
free but limited spaces
1
Parking (bicycles) 1
Swimming pool
Gym

Room types and facilities

Single
24 rooms
min.: 8 m2/ max.: 15 m2
Room sizes vary due to the building layout
1
Twin
14 rooms
min.: 10 m2/ max.: 15 m2
The twin rooms are available to single students, but for this a surcharge is applied if single occupancy
1
Air conditioning
Heating 1
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided 1
Bed sheets provided 1
Towels provided
Toilet paper
on arrival
1
Ensuite toilet 1
Ensuite shower 1
Wash basin 1
Shared toilets
Shared showers
Cleaning
rooms are cleaned for arrival
Desk 1
Wardrobe 1
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
free
1
Cable internet access
Floor
carpet
1
Balcony
Safe deposit box
on request
1
Room key provided 1

The leisure activities department of the school regularly organises excursion which will allow you to discover the rich diversity of Torbay and its surroundings, notably the marvellous Dartmoor National Park, the famous university town of Exeter or the very much enjoyed trip to Cornwall where you will discover Tintagel, the home of the legendary King Arthur. The school will also advise you on where to go to play squash, badminton or to swim.

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