Living in an English home, getting to know English family life, customs, (food!), and using English in everyday situations, is one of the most important parts of your stay in England.

You will have full-board accommodation at Isca. You will have your breakfast and evening meal with your host family from Monday to Friday, and, at the weekend, they will give you full-board including a packed lunch for the excursion on Saturday. You will have lunch at school from Monday to Friday – usually a packed lunch on 3 days and a barbecue on 2 days a week.

When you apply, you can choose:

  • to share a room with another Isca student (same sex, similar age and different nationality) – this is a great cultural experience and we recommend it!
  • or you can choose to share a room with a friend
  • or you can choose to have a single room, either alone in the family or with another student in the same family(different nationality)

We guarantee that no students with the same mother tongue are placed in the same family, unless two friends ask to share.
All Isca families abide by a Code of Practice in accordance with British Council and British Tourist Authority recommendations, and offer you a warm and friendly welcome.


We provide the best care that we can for you and follow government and British Council regulations and requirements about the care of juniors. At Isca, you will have:

  • an Isca School ID card with 24 hour contact emergency numbers, school and host family addresses
  • a fixed home-by time according to your age
  • on-site trained staff for medical emergencies
  • personal contact on a daily basis with the Principal and his wife, the Welfare Officer

A letter from Josephine Tomlinson, Accommodation and Welfare officer:


Dear Parents,

My most important job is to visit English families in Exeter and to select kind, welcoming ones to care for our students. Richard, my husband, and I have sent our own children to language schools in both France and Spain. We know that the choice of family is very important to your child’s happiness and your own peace of mind and I take great care in choosing our families.

When I visit a family, one question I always ask myself is: “Would I be happy for one of my own children to live in this family?”

If the answer is a definite “Yes”, then the family becomes an Isca family.

I am at school every day talking to students and so it is easy for your child to find me. I am here to help and to make their stay as enjoyable as I can.

Finally, I would like to assure you that we will keep your son or daughter busy, happy, and learning lots of English at Isca.

With best wishes,
Jo Tomlinson

I’m writing to thank you for your kindness and your bravery ! I suppose it’s not always easy to take care of so many teenagers… You were always here for us, like Sarah, Jo and the teachers. And it’s uncommon to meet people as attentive as you! I spent two wonderfull weeks in ISCA ! It’s a great school to learn English and to meet different nationalities ! Everybody was so nice ! The excursion to the beach was really nice ! Thank you so much!

Agathe, 2015

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