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Pre-Arrival Guide: Tasks To Complete Before You Arrive in Dublin.

Please ensure that you complete the steps below before arrival at Horner School of English.

  • Step 1. Make your booking/ enrolment with the school and finalise your travel plans! 

  • Step 2. Do the online grading test to check your language level. Do this as soon as possible after enrolment, so we can plan your classes.   

  • Step 3. Do the online interview. This is a short “one to one” online ZOOM meeting with our Director of  Studies, to check your spoken level. Schedule your appointment using this booking link.  We recommend that you complete this step about 2 or 3 weeks before your arrival.  (Please ensure that you are enrolled at the school before you schedule this appointment !)

The result of your “Online Test” AND Zoom Speaking Interview will be used to determine your class level.  You will receive your timetable, textbook & welcome pack on arrival at the school – 09.00hrs on Monday (if Monday is a bank holiday you should come to the school Tuesday at 09.00 hrs). A short welcome meeting for new students will be held at 13.15 on the first day of your course.

FAQ’s About Starting An English Course at Horner School.

Are all courses currently operating with face to face classes ?2022-02-08T12:09:41+00:00

Yes, all courses are currently operating with face to face teaching.

 

What happens on the first day of school ?2022-02-08T13:36:35+00:00

Please come to the school for 09.00hrs on Monday, (if Monday is a bank holiday you should come on Tuesday at 09.00 hrs).

On arrival at school, please check-in at the front office. You will receive a welcome pack and a textbook for your morning class. Your welcome pack will contain the timetable for all your English classes, a map of Dublin City, an A-Z document with important school information, and a questionnaire to provide your feedback.

Morning classes usually start at 09.30 and run until 13.10hrs (Monday to Friday Only).

After the class, you are invited to the WELCOME MEETING which starts at 13.15 hrs. At this (short) welcome meeting you will meet other new students, be introduced to school staff and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about timetables, social activity programme, school facilities and about public transport in Dublin.

If you have an afternoon class this will start at 14.00 hrs (afternoon class timetables are dependant on course type chosen).

The Horner School is open from 08.30 to 17.30 Monday to Friday @ 40 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland.

 

Are there any additional safety protocols still in place at the school ?2022-04-28T15:31:09+01:00
  1. Staff and students try to keep a distance of at least 1 metre and follow the recommended hand washing and respiratory hygiene guidelines.
  2. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the school. All staff and students are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and throughout the day.
  3. Student desks are spaced approx. 1 meter apart . As of May 2022,  students & teachers are NOT required to wear masks or face coverings in class.
  4. Class breaks are staggered to ensure that all students are not in the common areas, coffee shop at the same time.
  5. Classrooms are cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day. Self-service cleaning stations are positioned in every class to allow students and staff to clean desks, surfaces and touch points, as they feel necessary.
  6. Doors and windows are opened regularly to maximise ventilation throughout the building .

 

How Should I Travel From Dublin Airport to My Accommodation (on arrival)2022-02-08T14:39:28+00:00

A taxi is the most cost efficient and also the quickest method to travel from Dublin Airport to your accommodation. A public taxi stand is located directly outside the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport (Terminal 1 & 2) , operating 24 hours per day. The average cost per journey to a host family is €35.00. To City Center (approx. €40). You should always request a receipt from the driver, as proof of the cost of your journey.

It is also possible to book an Airport Pick-Up Service through the Horner School. If you book this service, you will be met by our school driver and transferred by car to your host family or other accommodation. Your driver will carry a sign with your name clearly indicated. The driver will wait in the main public arrival hall, as you exit the Luggage Hall / Customs Area.  Drivers wear face masks for the duration of the journey from Dublin Airport to the accommodation. Please contact us by email if you wish to arrange this service on arrival.

Alternatively, there are a number of bus services from Dublin Airport To Dublin City Centre, please follow this link for more information: https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus/dublin-buses

Are there any extra items that I should bring with me ?2020-08-17T15:16:30+01:00

Please bring enough masks or face coverings and some personal hand sanitiser. Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in Ireland, and in supermarkets and shops. You will be required to wear a face covering in class and while on the school premises.

We strongly recommend that you bring a tablet or laptop with you as we will be providing some blended courses, online social activities and online materials.

We would also recommend you pack a thermometer to be able to monitor your own body temperature each day.

And don’t forget to bring pens and paper for your own use in the classroom.

Is the social activity programme running in the school – April to June 2022 ?2022-04-28T15:35:56+01:00

Yes, we are delighted to advise that our programme of social activities is operating more or less as normal, at this time.  Please check here for more information about our extra curricular activity programme.

What happens if I get symptoms of Covid-19 during my stay ?2022-04-28T16:03:40+01:00
  1. Stay home if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid 19. Do not come to work/school if you are sick or with symptoms.
  2. Take an Antigen Test (they can be bought at any pharmacy)
  3. Tell Horner School about your illness – send us an email or call us on the emergency 24 hour number: +353 86 3886071
  4. If positive you should self-isolate for 7 days (from date of onset of symptoms)
  5. If negative you should stay home until you are feeling better (until you no longer experience any symptoms)

It is important to inform Horner School of your test outcome as soon as possible.

If your test result is Covid positive, then please remember that contact tracing and antigen testing may need to be undertaken at the school.

If you test positive for Covid 19, please stay home (for a minimum of 7 days) or until you have recovered.

 

What is the cancellation policy if I am unable to attend my course due to Covid-19 ?2020-12-02T11:13:56+00:00

You may cancel your course for any reason up to 08 days before your course start date and receive either a full refund of your tuition fees or a tuition voucher, valid for 1 year.

In the event of a lock-down request from government or a whole class quarantine request from public health authorities, your classes will be moved online.

In that event, the online classes

● will be conducted using video meeting software such as ‘Zoom’.
● will follow a similar format as our normal English classes.
● will be of same total duration and lesson length.
● will be divided by level (which means you will continue studying in your level).
● will have a maximum of 15 students per class.
● will be live interactive classes, taught by the same experienced and fully qualified teachers.
● will have a collaborative and task based approach, focusing on speaking and language production, and
● will be supplemented by a Learning Management System (such as Google Classroom).

If you would like to read our FULL Terms and Conditions, please follow this link: Terms & Conditions (Horner School of English)

 

Digital Covid Certificate (Regulations For Travelling To Ireland)2022-04-28T16:09:08+01:00

Covid-19 Travel Regulations For Ireland – Updated May 2022

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

Please find all the latest information HERE: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/

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