Sackville School

Your first week

Your First Week

Arrival

We suggest that you arrive two days before the start of your course. This will allow you to recover from your journey and settle into your accommodation. 

Immigration

You should have your passport, visa (if required), air tickets, enrolment and accommodation documents from Sackville with you as you go through immigration. You must be clear and know where you are going in the UK, which course you are studying and how long you will be at Sackville. You should also be clear as to where you are staying in the UK. This will assist you to enter smoothly into the UK. If on entering the UK your visa is stamped with the words "Register with UK police on arrival" this must be done shortly after arrival. Staff at Sackville will help you with this. They will direct you to the appropriate police station and advise you which documents you need to take with you.

Taxi transfer/airport pick-up

If you have booked a taxi transfer from the airport to your host family you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation. Alternatively your host family, if pre-arranged, will be waiting for you in the airport arrivals halls holding a Sackville School sign. If you cannot find your host family, go to the airport information desk and ask the staff there to make an announcement giving your name and the name of the school (Sackville). 

Induction

During your first few days and weeks we will help you to settle in as quickly as possible. You will have a full induction programme so that you can meet your tutors and other members of school support staff. You can also get to know your fellow students and start to make the friendships that will last a lifetime. The induction programme can be from one to three days depending on your start date, the college you are attending and the number of students starting their course with you.

The topics that are usually covered at induction are:

  • Medical, dental and other support services
  • Police registration
  • Advice on opening a bank account
  • Sports and social activities 
  • Library facilities
  • Computer facilities
  • Introduction to school staff
  • English language testing
  • Getting to know your fellow students