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Classic Coastal Arrival and First Day


Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+44 (0) 7823411344


EC Young Learners Portsmouth
Greetham Street Residence
Greetham Street


Airport Transfers

  • Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.
  • Students must arrive on Saturday and depart on Saturday between 08:00 - 20:00; otherwise an extra transfer fee will apply.
  • Information regarding arrival time, flight number, airline, name of airport and terminal number must be sent to EC Head Office at least seven days before the students’ arrival. If this information does not reach us within the stipulated time, EC will not be responsible for providing airport transfers to the student and will not offer any compensation to students who have not been picked up because of this.

Student Arrivals

Students will be met in the Arrivals Hall by an EC Young Learners representative holding a sign with the school logo (“EC Young Learners Portsmouth”). If students cannot find the EC representative at the airport, they should call the EC Young Learners emergency number. It is also vitally important that if students miss their connection to the UK, they call the emergency number to inform EC that they have been delayed.

Students will be taken directly to their residence. Please note that Saturday arrivals to Heathrow and Gatwick airport between 08:00 - 20:00 will be grouped in taxis, 
hence the average wait before departing from the airport is 1 hour.


EC staff

EC employs Staff specifically for the Young Learners Summer Programme. These benefit from a rigorous in-house training programme. Their role is to ensure that students have an enjoyable and safe stay and provide constant support to International Leaders.

  • YL Programme Manager
  • YL Operations Manager
  • YL Academic Manager
  • YL Teachers
  • YL Activity Leaders
  • YL Residence Supervisors

First Day

On Sunday students must arrive at school by 09:45 am at the latest. All students must present their passport/ID on arrival at the school on their first day as proof of identity. The first day at school will be as follows:

EC Portsmouth Classic Coastal-SUNDAY
07:30-08:30 Breakfast
09:45 Arrival at the learning centre
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk
10:15-11:45 Placement test
11:45-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-15:00 City orientation
19:30-22:00 Welcome party

 Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.

  •  08:45 - 09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night

Welcome Pack

Students will be given a Welcome Pack containing a map with directions, the programme timetable and important information such as the time they need to be at school on their first day.

Welcome Talk

Students will be given a welcome talk by the Academic Department where timetables, lessons and academic information are explained. The Programme Manager will explain the leisure programmes and activities. 

Placement Test

 When students arrive at school they will take a placement test which assesses their grammar and vocabulary. Speaking and listening skills are also assessed. The test takes about 1.5 hours to complete and its purpose is to help the school place students in the appropriate class at the right level. This will allow the students to make the most of their time and help the teachers plan lessons according to the students’ linguistic needs.