All of our host families are based in Ramsgate and we have over 150 host families within 20 minutes walking distance or on the local bus route. Hosts are carefully selected and closely monitored. We look for friendly host families that:

  • Have a genuine interest in hosting students
  • Are friendly, helpful and patient  
  • Provide the same care, support, and comfort they would to another member of their family

Hosting a student means treating them as a full member of the household. This includes eating meals together, talking to each other and sharing the same living areas. It is important for a homestay provider to help their student feel at home, and speak with them at every opportunity. Our families are chosen for their cleanliness, comfort and for the friendliness with which they welcome you into their home. We understand that the quality of accommodation is just as important as the choice of course - it is where you will spend a lot of your time and friendships made can last long after you have gone home again. Our families try their very best to help students improve their English and do everything possible to make their stay happy and successful.

We have a large register of families who have all been personally inspected and classified as homes we are happy to send our students to. Many of our host families have worked with us for many years. We take into account all of the feedback our clients provide and only work with families who offer a good standard of homestay accommodation. Families are also revisited every year to make sure that our standards are maintained. All host families must provide a gas safety certificate yearly. All property is inspected and a risk assessment is carried out annually by our accommodation staff.

All host families are found and vetted by our accommodation department. We do not use agencies to find our host families for us. Below are two examples of host families we have found and used for Ramsgate main school students:

The Ansell Family

Pete and Dawn have a large house 10 minutes’ walk from the school and the seafront. Dawn works as an office administrator and Pete works for a shipping company. They have 2 twin rooms which are available to students. Dawn and Pete love having their family over for meals and spend a lot of time with their 7 grandchildren. When Dawn gets a chance to relax she enjoys reading and watching tv. Pete loves watching football and is a keen Everton supporter. They are a very popular family and have been hosting for 20 years. They have many students returning each year.

The Purvis Family

Anne lives in a large house very close to the school with her two cats. Anne is a very active lady who is now retired and enjoys gardening and dancing. She also goes swimming every day to keep fit. When Anne was younger her family were in the navy so she has lived in many different countries. Anne has had students for over 25 years and goes to visit many of them in their own country.