Keeping our students safe and happy
Student wellbeing at ISC
The most important responsibility we have is to ensure that our students are well cared for and happy while at ISC. We believe that our students will have a positive learning experience if they feel safe and content. We work hard to create a homely, caring atmosphere where students feel relaxed and happy to ask for help if they need it.
The British Council acknowledged that student welfare and care of under 18s was an area of strength in our last inspection (2016). We have very strict safeguarding procedures to protect our students and staff.
Nicola Lee, ISC Director is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and has overall responsibility for the safeguarding and welfare of ISC students. She is supported by Al Dadge, ISC Director, the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and the ISC staff, who are all trained to deal with welfare and safeguarding concerns.
Our office is open 8.30-22.00 every day and is staffed by experienced senior staff and trained first aiders. In each boarding house there is a head of house and friendly staff, who are happy to help at any time.
The directors Al, Nic and Jill live on campus and our students and parents are given a 24-hour emergency number, so that they can contact them at any time.
Safety on and off campus
First aid kits are kept in all the boarding houses. If our students feel ill, we have first-aid trained staff on site and a hospital in nearby Banbury.
Bloxham is a very safe campus, with security patrols and a lockdown of houses at 23.00, meaning students can only leave in an emergency. We expect students to stay on campus, except when they go on organised excursions with our staff.
When on trips, we also expect our students to follow the school’s rules. We only use privately hired ISC coaches on trips with DBS checked drivers, we do not use public transport. Staff reiterate safety rules on board our coaches and check that our students have their ISC membership cards on their person.