Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On this page you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have suggestions or additions to this page, please contact Sophie at summerschool@jwaad.com.

When is the timetable online?

We try to get the timetable ready as soon as we can. It is usually available from early to mid April. In the meantime we leave last year's timetable up to give you an idea of what it will be like.

How do I get to Summer School?

Click here for directions to get to Summer School by car, train and from the airports.

What should I bring?

Your usual class clothes, a veil, stick and finger cymbals if you have them (there are some to borrow if not, and you will be able to buy them in the souk).
Your favourite outfit to wear for the harem party.
Fancy dress (not obligatory) for the themed party on the last night. We will announce the theme in the JWAAD Summer School Facebook group and by email newsletter in June/July.
If you are coming for 2 days and would like to perform at the Harem Party, bring a CD or iPod with your music, and a costume.
For the 5 and 7 day stay, if you'd like to perform in the Wednesday night show, bring your favourite costume and your music (CD or memory stick only (mp3 format) - 4 minutes maximum). If it's easier you can email the music (before 7th August) to summerschool@jwaad.com
Bedding is provided but please bring your own bath towel and toileteries.
Comfortable shoes for walking from one studio to another.
You may want to bring an umbrella in case it rains.
Tea and coffee, milk and soya milk will be available in the kitchens in the accommodation buildings, but you may wish to bring your own to cater for individual taste, or buy it nearby.
If you'd like to swim in the outdoor pool, bring your swimmies.
If you'd like to sell a 2nd hand item in the souk, please make sure it is labelled with your name and mobile number. JWAAD requests 10% of the selling price. Please give cash to Jo or Sophie when you sell something.

How much money should I bring?

Your Summer School fee includes all classes, activities, meals and tea and coffee in the accommodation. Wellington College has two cafe's, a bar (which is not guaranteed to be open) and a school shop selling sweets, ice cream etc. We suggest, if you can, that you bring any snacks, alcohol or special drinks with you. If you can't bring them, there are shops outside the College (a 15 minute walk) including banks, pharmacies and supermarkets, so you can buy everything you need. There is a souk at Summer School who accept cash or cards, and there is an area for buying/selling 2nd hand outfits and accessories, which you may need cash for.

Accommodation

This year we're back in our previous accommodation in Talbot/Beresford houses, with a terrace and garden to chill out. There's a 5-minute walk from there to the dining room and studios. Please bear this in mind when planning your day and what you carry with you. Rooms are not ensuite but there are modern bath and shower rooms. Most of the rooms are singles, and we have a small number of shared rooms. If you'd like to share a room please book quickly as these rooms often fill up fast. If sharing with a friend or group (up to 4 in a room) please let us know their names. Otherwise we may be able to find sharers for you.

What happens when I arrive?

Please try to arrive between 3:30pm and 5:30pm on your first day.
Come straight to Talbot/Beresford houses - drivers can drop off luggage at the building but must then move cars to the main car park.

Our team of Angels will check you in and show you to your room. From then on, you're welcome to wander around and enjoy the grounds, make a cup of tea or coffee or go to one of the cafes, catch up with friends and meet new ones.

Please meet in the garden at 6:00pm for a guided walk to learn which rooms and studios we'll be using for classes (we don't use the same rooms every year, so even the regulars will gain from this walk). We will go straight to supper after the walk, and then we all meet for an induction talk by Jo at 7:30pm. The first classes are straight after this talk. If you want to avoid walking back to the accommodation in between times, we recommend that you bring (or wear) your class clothes and bring your water bottle or anything you need for class with you.

What happens when I leave?

For 2 and 5 day options you can stay until after the last afternoon class of your final day. Please note: if you are coming for 5 day option 1, there are no classes on Wednesday afternoon (just rehearsals), so you will leave after lunch.
The 7 day option finishes after lunch on the final day. Wellington requests that you clear your room by 2pm (you can leave your luggage in the reception area until you leave). The accommodation houses must be empty by 3pm on the last day.

Please see the How to get to Summer School page for travel information.