Me and My St Giles Rucksack
April 6th, 2013
My name is Sheila Pope; I work in the office at St Giles Brighton and a couple of years ago I noticed that some of our students were using a very smart blue rucksack to carry their books around. I asked if I could have one and have been using it ever since. I travel to work by motorcycle so it carries my handbag, my sandwiches and water bottle, sometimes even my shoes, plus all the other things I like to have with me every day at work. It’s been with me on day trips and is very useful carrying my shopping when I go to the supermarket!
It’s wearing very well: the stitching, straps and zips are all in good condition and although the bottom is a little bit worn inside, there’s no sign of the bag coming to the end of its life. I have packed the front pocket with lots of items (hairbrush, first aid kit, emergency chocolate bar!) and the small pocket inside also carries more than it should do (train timetable, emergency money, hand cream) – but even though I have stuffed the two pockets with all these items, I’m often surprised at how much the bag can carry inside. I’ve customised my bag: my friend gave me two keyrings when she visited New York and I attached these to the zips to make them easier to hold and I put another keyring from a visit to Dublin on the front pocket zip.
If you study at St Giles in any of our worldwide locations you will receive a free rucksack; it’s very useful to carry your books to and from your accommodation each day. Here are a couple of photos of me and my St Giles rucksack…
If you would like to learn English in the UK, USA or Canada and receive a FREE St Giles rucksack, you can contact us at email@example.com to find out more!
Successful Inspections at Eastbourne and London Highgate
March 30th, 2012
Following the success of last week’s inspection at London Central, we are delighted to announce that this week our schools in Eastbourne and London Highgate had their Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspections and they both passed with grade 1 – exceeds expectations – in every category!
We are delighted with this result as it shows our continued commitment to delivering quality English language teaching at all St Giles centres, as well as excellent levels of support and welfare for students. It is the highest possible set of results.
The categories assessed at both schools were:
- Quality of curriculum, teaching and learning
- Students’ welfare including health and safety
- Governance, leadership and management
We would like to say a really big THANK YOU to all of our students currently at Highgate and Eastbourne for their help and support during the inspection. Many of you took part in an online survey, class observations or focus groups.
The successful result means we can maintain our Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the UKBA and continue to issue General Student Visas (GSVs).
If you are thinking about studying with us in Eastbourne or in Highgate, you can visit their pages on our website to find out more and discover why we did so well in the inspection:
We look forward to welcoming you to learn English in England with St Giles!
Eastbourne – The sunniest place in the UK!
January 30th, 2012
Eastbourne has topped the sunshine league for another year confirming its status as the sunniest place in the UK with the highest number of sunshine hours for 2011 according to leading weather expert Philip Eden.
Eastbourne recorded an impressive 1962 hours of sunshine during 2011, significantly more than holiday destinations Jersey and Guernsey.
Over the past 12 months Eastbourne had an average of 5 hours 23 minutes of sun per day with a fantastic 273.9 hours of sunshine in April 2011, almost 100 hours more than the average.
The south coast destination also had an exceptionally warm year during 2011 with the highest overall average temperature on record.
The town has a history of record-breaking sunshine statistics making it a popular holiday destination attracting over 4.9 million visitors a year.
With a packed calendar of events coming up in 2012, including special celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, and a sunny start to the year already, Eastbourne is looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
Read the full article on the Eastbourne Borough Council website:
If you are interested in studying in the sunshine at our English Language School in Eastbourne or any of our other international locations, please do not hesitate to email us or visit our website here. We will look forward to welcoming you to St Giles Eastbourne!