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Pre-Arrival

Please see information below to help you make preparations to arrive at Concord College.

Please read below information on visa requirements:

Many students can study in the UK for up to six months without a visa and some nationalities need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

Information below is summarised from the English UK Education is Great website where full details on visa requirements are available.

 

International students can study in the UK for six months or less as visitors. Students do not need a visa if they are from an EU or EEA country, or any other country on the ‘non visa national’ list.  Other students need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa before travel.

 

We recommend all students carry a copy of their Summer School enrolment documents with them to present to border officials if necessary.

Please check the UK Government website for the latest advice and to check if you need a visa.

 

Concord College is situated in Acton Burnell, a village south of Shrewsbury in Central England, post code SY5 7PF.

260 km from London Heathrow Airport
274 km from London Stansted Airport
317 km from London Gatwick Airport
137 km from Manchester Airport
124 km from Liverpool Airport
98 km from Birmingham Airport

By road from M1 Leave the M1 at junction 19 to join the M6. Leave the M6 at junction 10A to join the M54 to Telford. At Telford the M54 merges with the A5, a dual carriageway, which continues to Shrewsbury. As you approach the outskirts of Shrewsbury, follow the signs for Bridgnorth (A458). At the second roundabout you should leave the A5, following signs for Bridgnorth/Much Wenlock. This road will take you over the top of the A5. Then take the second turning on the right signposted “Acton Burnell Castle”. The College is approximately 10 km along this road, which is very narrow in parts. Careful driving is necessary! As you approach the village of Acton Burnell take the left turning. The College entrance is along this road on your right.
Rail/Train There are rail links to Shrewsbury Station from all major cities, including London, Manchester and Birmingham. The journey from Shrewsbury Station to the College is approximately 13 km and taxis are available at the Station.
Airports Concord is within easy reach of both Manchester and Birmingham International Airports (a journey time of approximately 90 minutes). London Heathrow is approximately three hours away.

To view an interactive map please click HERE.

There is a free transfer service (T&Cs apply) from London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport (MAN) (approximately 90 minutes from Concord)

To use the free coach transfer flights must:

For Arrivals Arrive on Course Start date

Have a flight arrival time between 08:00 and 14:00

For Departures Depart on the course date

Have a flight departure time between 08:00 and 14:00

 

London Heathrow Airport (MAN) (approximately 3 hours from Concord)

To use the free coach transfer flights must:

 

For Arrivals Arrive on Course Start date

Have a flight arrival time between 09:30 and 16:30

For Departures Depart on the course date

Have a flight departure time between 09:30 and 16:30

In order to be eligible for the free transfer service, students must meet the criteria listed above.

If the flight arrives/departs outside the published hours or dates detailed above, the Summer Course team will provide further information on what is available and there will be an extra cost involved of between £200-£400. This will usually be in the form of a Shared Transfer (when multiple students arrive on the same flight) or a Private Transfer (for solo arrivals). See example taxi fare fees below for Private Airport Transfers.

For students who prefer a private taxi (illustrative prices for a single journey):

To Concord College
From Airport
Approximate Cost From Concord College
To Airport
Approximate Cost*
Heathrow/Stansted £280 Heathrow/Stansted £240
London Gatwick £325 London Gatwick £290
Birmingham/Liverpool/Manchester £160 Birmingham/Liverpool/Manchester £140
London City Airport £370 London City Airport £330

*Departures only: The taxi company charge an additional £85 for all students under the age of 16 (unaccompanied minor fee) – this includes the assisted check in service

*Departures only: The taxi company charge an additional £42 if the student (over 16) requires assisted check in

There is a laundry service once a week and clothes are washed, dried and returned on the same day so you only need to have enough clothes for just over one week. We suggest:

– Holiday/summer wear

– Underwear and socks

– Pyjamas

– Sportswear

– Swimming costume

– Trainers

– A light rain jacket

– Jumper for cooler days/evenings

– Comfortable footwear for walking

– Bath towel

– Shampoo

– Soap/shower gel

– Toothbrush

– Toothpaste

– Hairdryer (if needed)

– UK plug adaptor

– Pocket money (recommend £30-£50 per week)

Students do not need to pack the following:

– Bedding (pillowcases, sheets & duvets)

– Pillows

– Pen, paper etc

Please see our insurance documents below:

Group Policy Travel Insurance

Statement of Insurance

Insurance Product Information Document

Concord College has adopted the new Covid Safe Charter from the Boarding Schools’ Association to reassure students, parents and staff that we are doing everything we can to adhere to the UK Government guidelines and therefore create a safe environment for learning and working.

Please visit the UK Government website for the latest information regarding COVID-19 in the UK and the English UK website for guidance on travelling to the UK.

If the coronavirus continues to be prevalent during the summer programme, the Summer School will continue to implement social distancing measures and enhanced cleaning regimes to help maintain the safety of our students and staff.