Terms & conditions
For the Wild English summer school
Parties to the contract
The contract is between:
(1) The School: I'm Nicholas Waller, and I'm the sole principal. Linguetic™ and Wild English™ are my trading names.
(2) The Student: You, and anybody who accompanies you to the Wild English summer school.
What the School will do
The School will identify the aspects of your English that need work, and will deliver lessons to improve your grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing and pronunciation.
The theme of the lessons will be 'the natural world'.
The School will do its best to make every lesson motivating and effective.
The School will not cancel classes if there is even one student that week. (The student will get a week of one-to-one lessons instead!)
What the Student will do
You will do your best to speak English, and only English.
You will complete a 1-hour assignment every evening from Sunday to Thursday, so that you are ready to participate in lessons the next day.
What the Student will not do
The following is very unlikely to affect an adult student, but it applies to everybody equally:
Students and anybody who accompanies them to the course will not:
Break the criminal law.
Put a student, host family, teacher or the School at significant risk of injury, loss or damage.
Bring a student, host family, teacher or the School into disrepute.
Make it difficult for other students to enjoy and benefit from the course, for example by preventing other students from working on their English, disrupting lessons, practical jokes, verbal abuse, threats, harassment, bullying, discriminatory behaviour, attempted radicalisation, etc.
If a student does any of these things, then at the discretion of the School (s)he will not be able to attend any more lessons or travel in the School minibus; and at the discretion of his or her host family, (s)he may be required to move out immediately. (S)he will not be entitled to any refund, and neither the School nor the host family will have any further liability towards him or her.
The standard of proof in such a case will be the balance of probabilities, and the opinions and preferences of other students will be relevant.
Right to study in Britain
You must have the right to study in Britain. For guidance, see 'Do I need a passport or visa to do the Wild English course?'
The School does not owe you any duty to check that you have a right to study, or to give you accurate legal advice about this, and is not permitted to give advice about individual cases.
However, we do need to see your passport. Please send us a copy of your passport with the booking form. You must bring the original passport to the course so we can photocopy it. If your passport will expire soon, please ensure that it has at least 6 months unexpired from the date you enter the UK.
If you live in Britain, you must show us an official document to prove this. The document could be a passport (including an expired passport) from Britain, the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway; or a BRP (biometric residence permit); or a national identity card from one of the above countries plus a document to show that you live in Britain (Home Office registration certificate, Home Office residence card, Home Office certificate of naturalisation, Home Office certificate of registration, etc). The 'Right to Study' is very similar to the 'Right to Rent' and you can see a full list of possible documents in the UK Home Office leaflet "Right to Rent Document Checks: A User Guide". Click here to download.
British citizens please note: The Home Office advises us to ask for these documents even if you were obviously born and bred in the UK. We will need to see your UK passport showing that you are a British citizen (or have a right of abode). If you don't have this, we need to see a UK birth certificate or driving licence plus another document such as a letter, confirming your identity in Home Office format, from your employer, college, government department or "acceptable professional".
Special diet or medical needs
The island has a small population, so it doesn't have city-sized shopping or medical facilities.
The Co-Op Food supermarket in Tobermory usually has soy milk, gluten-free bread and some vegetarian products. If you have a special requirement, please tell the School when you book your course, so we can find out if it is available.
There is a pharmacy, family doctors and a dental clinic in Tobermory. The nearest hospital is at Oban, 2 hours away, and it has the normal facilities of a rural general hospital. If you need non-standard medication during your visit, please either bring it with you or make a special arrangement with Tobermory Pharmacy.
Availability of host family accommodation
If you want to stay at a guest house, commercial bed-and-breakfast, luxury self-catering or hotel instead of with a host family, we can give you a tourist accommodation list and refund any money you paid for host family accommodation.
However, the School recommends that you stay with a host family if possible. First, because you will probably speak more English. Second, because the culture is part of any language, and you will understand this better if you stay with a family.
However, 2019 is the first year of the Wild English summer school, and this is a small community, so it's not easy to predict what host family accommodation there will be at different times during the season.
If you ask for host family accommodation, your booking is conditional upon such accommodation being available.
If you ask for host family accommodation, and it is not available, and you prefer not to arrange alternative accommodation, the School will refund to you the entire amount you have paid for the course, including your deposit. The School will have no further liability to you in respect of direct or indirect loss of profit or other costs, expenses, damages, injury or inconvenience.
Changing the course dates you booked
If you want to change your course dates after booking, the School will do what it can to help.
You can't change to a week which is already full (a week which already has 8 students).
Also, you can't change to a week where your level of English would be very different to that of other students on the course.
Course fees: You pay the School £650 per week for lessons, teaching materials, administration, picnic lunches and transfers from and to the Craignure ferry.
Accommodation: You make your own accommodation arrangements, with our help. If you stay with a host family, you pay £150 per week for accommodation at the same time as you pay the course fees. The School makes no profit from this, but it makes life easier for us.
Deposit and full payment
No contract will exist until the Student has returned the Booking Form and then paid the School a deposit of £150 per week, and this payment has been cleared.
The Student will pay the balance (including host family accommodation, if applicable) within 14 days of paying the deposit, or before the start of his or her course if that is earlier.
All payments will be in Pounds Sterling (GBP) by interbank transfer.
Cooling-off, cancellations and refunds
During the cooling-off period: You have a legal right to change your mind and cancel the booking within 14 days (the "cooling-off period"). If you tell the School by email within 14 days of paying the deposit, the School will then refund the entire deposit within 14 days of receiving the email, subject to the next paragraph.
If your course starts during the cooling-off period: You agree that the School may provide you with the services described above during the 14-day cooling-off period, and that if you receive a proportion of those services before you tell the School that you wish to cancel your booking, the School will be entitled to deduct a corresponding proportion from your refund.
After the cooling-off period. The deposit is not refundable. If you change your mind and tell the School by email more than 21 days before the start of your course that you want to cancel your booking, the School will keep your deposit and refund the rest of the fees paid by you.
If you tell the School by email 21 days or less before the start of any week of your course, the School will keep your deposit and the fees for that week, and will refund the fees for any subsquent week(s).
To cancel your booking you must either send an email to the School clearly stating that you want to cancel your booking, or (if you are already at the School) obtain a signed acknowledgment of cancellation from the School.
All refunds will be to the person who originally paid the deposit, using the same method of payment that was used by them.
Limitation and exclusion of liability
Nothing in this contract or in any other contract shall exclude or in any way limit the School's liability for fraud or for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or any other liability save to the extent that such liability may be excluded or limited as a matter of law.
The School shall not be responsible or liable for its failure to perform any of its obligations, or for any disruption to courses, transfers or accommodation if such failure or disruption is beyond the control of the School, whether caused by acts of God, high winds, ferry breakdowns, other mechanical breakdowns, internet outages, road accidents, illness, injury, fire, explosions, spillages, flooding, embargo, strikes, labour disputes, riots, terrorist incidents, war or laws, rules, regulations, restrictions or orders of any governmental authority, or for any other cause beyond the control of the School.
If, as a result of a teacher's illness or injury, the School fails to deliver lessons to you for more than two teaching days of a week booked by you, it will refund to you the entire amount you have paid the School in respect of lessons for that week. The School will have no further liability to you in respect of direct or indirect loss of profit or other costs, expenses, damages, injury, disappointment or inconvenience.
The School's liability for loss or damage arising out of any failure to provide lessons or arrange accommodation shall be limited to the total amount paid by the Student to the School.
The School shall not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage arising out of the Student's accommodation, whether caused by negligence, breach of contract or otherwise.
The School shall not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage caused to a student by another student.
Safety in a natural environment
The Student recognises that many School activities take place in a natural environment (beach, rocky shore, woods) or a semi-natural environment (farmland) or require us to cross roads.
Each Student shall be taken to have the knowledge and ability to anticipate and avoid the hazards of such environments, including but not limited to: Moving vehicles; slippery, uneven, yielding or sharp surfaces; steep ground; trip hazards; fences, stiles and gates; high and low temperatures; wind, rain and sun; fires including beach bonfires and barbecues; mud, sand, dust or ice; sharp, slippery, toxic, irritant, allergenic, fragile or springy plants including trees, fungi and algae; venomous, biting, aggressive or defensive animals including domestic animals; animal-borne or water-borne disease or parasites; reduced visibility in air or water.
The School will take reasonable precautions to protect your privacy and data.
The School will not share your data with anybody except:
a) with host families if you request homestay accommodation.
b) with an accreditation agency as part of the UK government's immigration and visa policy.
c) with governmental agencies as may be required by law.
d) with medical personnel or the emergency services if this seems necessary for your wellbeing.
e) in the event that Wild English is sold, with the purchaser.
The School will not use images of you without your express consent.
Equal opportunities and discrimination
The School will not discriminate against students, employees or host families on grounds of age, disability, gender, race, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or religious background.
The School expects students, employees and host families to avoid all these forms of discrimination too.
Even our Jokes page avoids all these forms of discrimination! However, the School does not accept students under the age of 18 unless they are accompanied by adults, because of child safeguarding requirements and because this is a course for adults. Also, the School does not accept students who are not able to walk 4 km, including some rough or steep ground, because many Wild English activities are outdoors in wild terrain.
All relations between the School and the Student shall be governed by the substantive law and legal procedure of England & Wales.
The courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the event of any claim or dispute.
Failing this, the applicable law, procedure and courts shall be those of Scotland.
If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this agreement (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this agreement shall not be affected. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision of this agreement would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with the minimum modification necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable.