Your First Day
Before you start your journey
Book your English course in Brighton with Castle School of English. We are here to help you with any questions you have. It is natural to be a bit anxious about travelling to another country. We want your experience and preparation for studying to be as relaxed as possible. This is why you are welcome to contact the school at any time. We will help you with your concerns.
We want your Castle School experience to be calm and positive from the start. We want you to feel happy on your English course in Brighton.
ARRIVING IN THE UK
After you have gone through immigration and customs you will be in the airport Arrivals Hall. There are several possibilities for traveling to Brighton. You may take a bus, an over-ground train, an underground train or a taxi. Below, you will find directions from the two main London airports – Heathrow and Gatwick. There are also directions from two other airports, Luton and Stansted.
FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT TO BRIGHTON
Take the National Express coach from the airport coach station directly to Pool Valley Bus/Coach Station in Brighton.
By London Underground / Train
Take the London Underground from Heathrow Airport to London Victoria. Then take the over-ground train from Victoria Station to Brighton Station.
Taxis are expensive in the UK. “Black cabs” with meters are particularly expensive. If you need a taxi the school can arrange to collect you at the airport. Please make sure you arrange this with the school in advance and it is confirmed to you.
FROM GATWICK AIRPORT TO BRIGHTON
The easiest way from Gatwick to Brighton is by train. Take the train from the main line Gatwick Airport Train Station directly to Brighton Station.
Taxis are expensive. The school can arrange to collect you at the airport. Please make sure you arrange this with the school in advance and it is confirmed to you.
FROM STANSTED AIRPORT TO BRIGHTON
The best way to travel from Stansted is by National Express Coach.
FROM LUTON AIRPORT TO BRIGHTON
Take the shuttle bus from Luton Airport to Luton Train Station. Then take the train to Brighton Station.
Contacting the School
Tel: 01273 748185 During Office Hours (Mon– Fri 08.30– 18.00)
Emergency Tel: 0744 0552596 For emergencies only! Outside Office Hours
At the accommodation
You will receive a warm, friendly and personal welcome from your Homestay provider. They will be able to give you all the information and support you need to get to the school on the first day of your English course in Brighton.
Your first day at school
We want you to enjoy the first day of your English course in Brighton. You will be welcomed by our friendly and professional team. You will feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
We need to place you in a class that will give you the best possible opportunity to learn English successfully. Our Placement Tests are carefully designed to help us select the best class for your individual learning needs. The test will take about 45 minutes. They test your speaking, listening, writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar. Don't worry! The tests are friendly and supportive.
When you start your English course in Brighton, your teacher will understand that you might feel a bit anxious. They will want to help you feel relaxed.
Please remember to bring your Passport and Visa (for registration), and a pen and paper.