All Courses booked at ECHO Language School by the Client shall be subject to the following:

  1. ATTENDANCE
    1. Formal booking must be made stating length and type of course, together with reservation fee and payment in full, at least four weeks before the course is due to be undertaken.
    2. ECHO Language School reserve the right to charge, in full, for any course which is not undertaken following booking, and for any room that is held vacant for any reason whether or not a course is being undertaken.
  2. INFORMATION
    The Client shall provide all such information as may be necessary to enable the school to make a fully informed assessment of its obligations as far as the provision of accommodation, food and tuition to the attending student.
  3. CHARGES
    1. Any Client who has not paid the reservation fee does not hold a booking with the school.
    2. Claims for reductions or discounts under any scheme must be made at the time of reservation.
    3. Account facilities, including payment on arrival, will only be granted by special arrangement in advance with ECHO Language School.
    4. The Client agrees to pay all charges by the due date, that being not later than their leaving the course, following which interest will be charged daily at 2% over the school’s bankers’ base rate.
    5. ECHO Language School reserves the right to withhold or withdraw credit facilities at any time without notice.
  4. USE OF THE SCHOOL
    1. Students undertaking a course shall comply with all rules of conduct around the house.
    2. The school reserves the right to adapt and change its rules of conduct at any time and without notice in order to ensure the well-being of all its members.
    3. Students shall leave promptly at the appropriate time and comply with any reasonable requests made by ECHO Language School’s employees.
    4. The school reserves the right to cancel, curtial or alter in whatever way necessary, any Client’s course without refund in the event of a student’s breach of these conditions.
  5. CANCELLATION BY ECHO LANGUAGE SCHOOL
    1. ECHO Language School reserves the right to cancel or adapt its courses in the following circumstances, and will refund any advanced payment made with the exception of the reservation fee and any money transfer charges imposed by the bank, courier or cash transfer company:
      1. If the school is fully closed due to circumstances outside its control, or is unable to provide reasonable space to conduct its courses to the required standard.
      2. If a Client threatens to prejudice the reputation of ECHO Language School prior to arrival.
      3. To avoid a breach of these conditions.
    2. Furthermore ECHO Language School reserves the right to cancel or adapt its courses in the following circumstances without obligation or refund to the Client:
      1. The school or any part of it is subject to reasonable building repair work or decoration.
      2. The Client is unable to pay in full at the pre-arranged time.
      3. The student is unable to arrive at the pre-arranged time, or day.
      4. The Client or student severely breaches any of the terms and conditions referred to herein after having reserved and/or undertaken a course at ECHO.
  6. CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT
    1. The fee for reservation will be kept in all cases.
    2. Further to this, if a Client not awaiting decision on a visa application cancels a reservation between 28 and 15 days in advance, ECHO Language School reserves the right to claim 50% of the course fee.
    3. If a Client not awaiting decision on a visa application cancels a reservation less than 15 days in advance, ECHO Language School reserves the right to claim the course fee in its entirety.
    4. ECHO Language School will give a full refund of the course fees to any Client who is unsuccessful in a visa application.
    5. In all instances, notification of cancellation must be made in writing and will be effective on the date received by the school.
  7. LIABILITY
    1. ECHO Language School will be liable to the Client and/or student undertaking a course for injury to persons or loss or damage to property only where and to the extent that it has been negligent but otherwise will be under no liability to them whatsoever.
    2. Any activity undertaken during a student’s course at ECHO Language School is strictly at their own risk and no responsibility will be taken by the school. This includes any activities where a staff member is present as a guide and facilitator whether or not organised by the school.
    3. The Client will be liable for any loss or damage to ECHO Language School or to properties the school makes use of or to any objects found within these places or belonging to them, including walls, doors, furniture, appliances, books, dvds and any private property. They will also be liable for injury to any person and shall indemnify ECHO Language School against any loss or liability not arising from a situation covered by i above, ie proven negligence.
    4. The Client is advised to consider arranging for insurance.
  8. GENERAL
    1. ECHO Language School will take all reasonable steps to fulfil the Client’s expectations as regards the booking procedure and undertaking of the course in accordance with the details provided. However, it reserves the right to provide alternative services of at least an equivalent standard at no additional costs to the Client.
    2. The Client shall not be entitled to assign the booking to any third party nor utilize the school’s facilities or name, other than for the purposes arranged directly with the school.
    3. Whilst ECHO Language School has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the information contained in its brochures, tariffs, leaflets and advertisements is accurate, it reserves the right to alter, substitute or withdraw any facility or amenity or adapt any course without notice where thought necessary.
    4. Notwithstanding anything contained in these Terms, ECHO Language School will not be liable for any failure to perform its obligation to the Client in whole or part as a result of any of the following circumstances:
      1. Strikes
      2. Other industrial action(s)
      3. Fire at or near the school.
      4. Civil unrest, dispute or commotion
      5. Act of God
      6. Legal action against the School, not resulting from its negligence, preventing the supply of services.
    5. No variation of these conditions shall be effective unless in writing and signed on behalf of both ECHO Language School and the Client.
      vi. This agreement shall be subject only to the laws of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

 

PARENTAL DECLARATION
ANY ENROLMENT BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AUTOMATICALLY SUPPOSES THAT THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN READ AND AGREED TO.
As the parent, guardian or legal representative of a child under 18 years of age whom I wish to enrol at ECHO, I understand that I am bound by all the terms and conditions which are outlined above and which are clarified below specifically as regards an unaccompanied minor:

 

HEALTH and SAFETY
That ECHO has a duty of care towards students under 18 and I agree to accept any decision made by ECHO or its agents in the interest of the health or safety of my child (including any emergency medical treatment they think necessary or desirable) and to reimburse them for any reasonable extra costs they may thereby incur.
I agree to give ECHO full information and instructions about any medical condition from which my child may be suffering at the commencement of the Course.
I realise that ECHO makes every effort possible to separate children with the same native language but that this is not always possible and that any arrangement made by ECHO is subject to seasonal enrolments and availability.
I understand that although all activities are carefully supervised, they are undertaken entirely at the risk of the individual and that ECHO accepts no responsibility for loss or injury unless proven negligent. I will make clear any resquests regarding restrictions to my child’s participation in activities outside the school.

 

DISCIPLINE
I also understand that ECHO has a responsibility towards all its students and to the local population, and I agree to accept any disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Course, taken by ECHO against my child for misconduct or breaches of ECHO rules that threaten the success of the Course or the well-being of the local community, including ECHO host families.

 

DAMAGE
I agree to indemnify ECHO against all reasonable costs arising out of accidental or deliberate damage caused by my child which cannot be recovered by ECHO through its own insurance policies.