Terms and conditions are updated each year during December and apply for the following 12 months. Where a student continues their study period from one calendar year into the next, the updated terms will apply from the 1st January in the new year. In the event that new government legislation or amendments to existing Irish legislation, contradict these terms, then the new legislation must immediately take precedence. Agents and service providers working on behalf of Horner School of English Ltd. will be deemed to have agreed to all terms and conditions without variation. This agreement is bound to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish Law Courts.
How to make a Booking:
Please make your application through the online booking system or by downloading and completing our School Application Form. We will return to you by email within 24 (working) hours to acknowledge your booking. You will receive a Booking Confirmation & Invoice with payment instructions. All fees are invoiced in Euro Currency. A Registration Fee of €75.00 applies to all bookings. An Accommodation Administration Fee of €60.00 applies to apartments, university/school residence, hotel/guest house. The Accommodation Administration Fee DOES NOT apply to host family accommodation. All applications received through the online booking system are accepted subject to availability and subject to confirmation.
On receipt of your Booking Confirmation & Invoice you should make a deposit payment of €200. The remaining balance of your fees payment must be received by Horner School at least 4 weeks before your arrival. If you are booking less than 4 weeks before arrival, full payment will be required immediately. Horner School of English reserves the right to cancel course and accommodation bookings where we have not received the full payment within the specified time frame.
Payment can be made by any of the following methods:
Make a Payment: All major credit and debit cards
Please use our Secure On-line Payment Page. A bank charge of 2.45% (based on total amount) will apply. You can avoid / reduce bank charges by making a Bank Transfer. Bank Transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges.
Make a Payment: International Bank Transfer
Please make payment to our business account: Account Details as Below:
|Bank Name:||Allied Irish Bank|
|Bank Address:||60 Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland|
|Account Name:||The Horner School of English|
|IBAN Number:||IE80 AIBK 9311 8712 7570 85|
|Bank Code:||93 11 87|
Please ensure that the student name appears on the bank transfer payment details. Bank transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges. If you are making a bank transfer from outside of the EU please add €15.00 to the payment to cover the bank charges.
Horner School is a member of MEI (Marketing English Ireland), an association of 66+ English Language Schools located in Ireland. All MEI schools are accredited by the Irish Government, Department of Education & Skills. This accreditation process ensures that the facilities and the programmes on offer are of a superior quality. In addition all MEI members operate a learner protection policy. In the event that one MEI member school closes unexpectedly, the students enrolled at that particular school will be offered a place at another MEI member school to complete their language course.
In case of any emergency, you should contact us at the following number: +35316622911 (Mon to Fri, 08.30 to 17.30) OR +353863886071 (out of office hours)
Class Size, Levels and Textbooks:
The maximum class size is: 14 students per class. We guarantee five class levels, at all times, elementary (A1), pre-intermediate (A2), intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), Advanced (C1). Placement in a particular class level is made on the basis of a written grading test and short interview. The placement test is offered at 09.00hrs. on the first morning of your course. It takes approximately 12 weeks to finish each level of the course. We operate 4 school terms during the school year: (1) January to March; (2) March to June; (3) July to September; (4) September to December. At the beginning of each school term we evaluate and reconfigure all class groups, we switch teachers and select new textbooks for each class. Textbooks cost €35.00 per level. Students are sometimes required to purchase a second textbook (for example if they change level or are present during the change of a school term).
We do not provide a beginner level class, if you believe you are a beginner, please request a pre-test by email before placing your booking. We will be happy to advise you of your level. Private individual lessons are available to beginners. See “One to One” Courses for more details. The average age of the students attending our classes is 25 years.
Class Attendance Policy:
Teachers record attendance in class every morning at 09.30 and then again at 11.30hrs (after coffee break). Attendance is also recorded during the afternoon fluency, business and exam classes. All students should maintain at least an 85% attendance record at all times. Students arriving 15 to 30 minutes late will be marked with ‘L’ on the attendance register. They will be allowed to join the class but will not be credited with attendance for first lesson of the session. Students arriving 30 or more minutes late will be marked with “A” (absent) for the first 2 lessons of the session and will not be allowed to join the class until the next scheduled break. It is not possible to recover classes missed due to student illness (certified or uncertified). All issues relating to attendance policy should be addressed to the Director of Studies, Mr. Derek Bettencourt (email@example.com).
Students from outside the European Economic Area Area (EEA) attending Long Stay Courses (staying in Ireland longer than 90 days) must comply with additional regulations. Information for Academic Year Students 2018 (Long Stay Students).
Discipline & Expulsion:
Horner School of English reserve the right to terminate services in the following circumstances: Non-payment of fees, anti-social behaviour, bullying or violence towards any other person, abuse of drugs or alcohol, damage to property, reported shoplifting offence or any other infringement of Irish law. Horner School of English will not accept responsibility for any loss or additional expense incurred by the student in relation to the termination of services. Horner School of English will not refund remaining fees where a student is expelled from the school. Students are legally and financially responsible for any damage or injury they may cause to buildings, furniture, fittings, individuals’ or host family property, etc.
Horner School of English endeavour to provide a high quality service and a safe, supportive atmosphere for all staff and students. However we do appreciate that from time to time differences may arise. Where a student wishes to make a complaint about a teacher or speak about a problem with their course, it is best to discuss these issues in person with the Director of Studies (Derek Bettencourt). Derek may be contacted at the school reception office Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 16.30 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Where a student experiences a problem with their accommodation this should be discussed with the Accommodation Manager (Lisa/Ellen/Laura). The accommodation office is open from 09.00 to 17.30 Monday to Friday or may be contacted by email: email@example.com. The school directors (David, Janice & Trevor Horner) are also available during school opening hours and can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All students complete a feedback questionnaire on at least on two occasions during their stay. The opinions expressed in the feedback questionnaires are then acted on by Horner School management to improve the quality of our service. Horner Staff will strive to resolve a difficulty or a complaint within a timely manner i.e. within 48 hours of receipt of the complaint.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy:
Safeguarding Policy -Child Protection Policy – Students under 18 years
The school is closed on public holidays (Bank Holidays). There is no replacement of lessons missed because of a public holiday. The starting day for all courses is normally Monday. When Public holidays occur on a Monday, then the starting day for all courses will be Tuesday. See here a list of School Holiday Dates
Holidays / Taking a Study Break:
Holidays may be taken by students during long stay courses, that is, full-time courses of 12 or more weeks. 2 weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 12 to 24 weeks. Up to 8 weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 25 weeks or longer. Holidays must be requested in writing and agreed in advance ( minimum 1 week notice) with one of the school managers. Student holidays must be taken over the period of a full calendar week i.e. Monday to Friday. If you take an agreed holiday, your course dates will be extended to make up for the lost tuition time. No holiday allowance can be taken on short courses (i.e. less than 12 weeks).
Students from outside the EEA area must comply with additional government regulations regarding holiday time, student working conditions and school attendance: Information for Academic Year Students 2018 (Long Stay Students) .
Other Important Points:
The School uses nearby additional premises during peak periods. Horner School does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to personal property while on school premises or while in school provided accommodation. All students are strongly advised to have their own appropriate Accident, Medical and Personal Insurance to cover theft/loss of personal items, money, emergency medical treatment & travel expenses. The Horner School of English reserve the right to change, without notice the contents, dates, times, locations or any other details of course (s) brought about by political events, natural disasters, weather or any other events considered by the school to be pertinent. The right is also reserved to decline any person at any time without liability. The Horner School of English gives notice that all arrangements for transport, activities or for accommodation are made by the Horner School of English as an agent upon the express condition that they shall not be liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of any defect in any vehicle or through the acts of default of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passenger, or in carrying out the arrangements of the programmes, or otherwise in connection therewith or of any family member. No responsibility is accepted for losses or additional expenses incurred due to delays or changes in air, sea, rail, bus or other services, student illness, closure of the school due to weather events, war, quarantine or other liability.
Students must give advance notice to the school of any special dietary requirements, medical conditions or physical /mental disorders. Horner School of English reserve the right to terminate services where (in the opinion of the management of the school) the continued provision of that service would be unsafe or unsuitable. All students should have their own appropriate Accident, Medical and Personal Insurance to cover living costs, medical bills & repatriation expenses. These costs are the sole responsibility of the student. All refunds are at the discretion of the directors of the school and may not always be possible. The school will not compensate for tuition time lost due to student illness.
Photography and Film Material
Horner School of English can freely use all photography, film and sound material created by the school and or Horner School of English staff during the programme which contains the student, without asking further approval from the student. The student also accepts that Horner School of English can freely use photography, film and sound material that the student has submitted to social networks, such as Instagram and Twitter.
Tuition Fees Cancellation Policy:
|Cancellation x Days Before Commencement||Tuition Fees to be Refunded|
|15+ days before||Full tuition fees refunded|
|14 to 8 days before||Full tuition fees refunded , subject to a minimum charge of €200|
|7 to 4 days before||70% of tuition fees refunded, subject to a minimum charge of €200|
|3 to 1 days before||20% of tuition fees refunded, subject to a minimum charge of €200|
|On start date or thereafter||No refund is possible|
- Written notice must be sent to email@example.com and applies from the date the cancellation is received by Horner School of English. Application for a refund will be dealt with in a timely manner, normally within 20 working days of receipt of the request. Enquiries should be addressed to Janice Horner.
- Students applying for a Study Visa, must refer to the student refund policy as listed below: Visa Application & Visa Refusal
- Course changes requested within 7 days of the commencement date are subject to availability.
- No refund of fees is available where a course change is taken to a less intensive course, that is for example, a request to change from STD+ to STD Course.
- Students requesting a change from group courses to private individual tuition will be required to pay the full cost of the private lessons. No transfer of course value is available. Course value cannot be transferred from one student to another student.
- Examination fees are not included in tuition. Exam fees must be paid in advance and are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.
Accommodation Fees Conditions & Cancellation Policy:
- Accommodation fees are non-refundable except in the case of host family.
- At least 4 weeks’ written notice is required to cancel host family accommodation. The balance of any Host Family Accommodation fees will be refunded.
- In the case of apartment, university residence or school residence no refund is possible.
- In the case of Hotel, Guest-house or B&B accommodation, refunds will be at the discretion of the directors of the school and may not always be possible.
- It is not possible to provide Host Family Accommodation over the Christmas and New Year holiday (2-week holiday period).
- We guarantee there will be no more than one nationality per host family (unless otherwise agreed with student)
- We do not control nationality mix at apartments, residences and other student self-catering accommodations.
Accommodation Extension Requests:
If you would like to extend your accommodation dates (i.e. to stay longer than originally booked), it is first necessary to speak with the accommodation office to check for availability. Accommodation extensions cannot always be guaranteed, we therefore recommend that you speak with the accommodation manager as early as possible. This point is especially important where students wish to extend accommodation bookings during the Summer Season or remain with the host family for an extended period. It is not possible to provide Host Family Accommodation over the Christmas and New Year holiday (2-week period).
Visa Applications and Visa Refusals (Work & Study):
Students from outside the European Economic Area, may be required to obtain a visa to enter Ireland. At least 6 weeks are needed to process visa applications. Cancellations are not permitted after the visa supporting documentation has been issued by the school. Students who fail to obtain their visas will be refunded all fees paid, less a school processing fee of €200 euro. Written proof of the visa refusal must be supplied to the School by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees will be returned within 20 working days of the visa refusal being received and verified by Horner School. Students from outside the EEA Area attending Long Stay Courses (staying in Ireland longer than 90 days) must comply with additional regulations.Information for Academic Year Students (Students from outside Europe, registered for 8 months with permission to work)