We want everyone to enjoy the camp in a productive and safe environment. Our staff ratios and experienced camp manager usually means that issues are diffused promptly. As the courses can be quite intense and sometimes a "letting off" of steam is required, we encourage the campers to join in the activities (which are often outside) with campers from other courses at lunchtime when the manager is also on hand to supervise.
If there is an issue within the classroom we have a strict procedure. Tutors will first let the disruptive child know that their behaviour is not appropriate and call the Camp Manager, so this is noted. If the issue persists it will escalate to the Camp Manager who will decide on suitable intervention. We don’t want to exclude anyone, but if a camper is disruptive, damaging equipment or consistently behaving inappropriately we would exclude them and contact the parents of the camper concerned.
The Camp Manager at each venue reports daily to the Camp Director, who would be made aware of any issues.
Tutors are carefully selected based on their specific technology-related skills, their love of the technology industry and their genuine ability to inspire tomorrow’s young tech enthusiasts. In fact, some of the tutors are ex-Tech Camp students themselves, who are now studying tech and engineering universities like Cambridge and Imperial College. Small tutor groups are maintained – with a maximum of 1:8 staff to student ratio - to provide the best possible experience.
On top of this each camp also has a manager - normally an experienced teacher to ensure the camp runs smoothly and to look after the welfare of the campers - and depending on the size of the camp, a number of assistants as well. All of our staff are background checked (DBS) and undergo training to ensure the safety and high quality course delivery at our camps.
Please see the About Us page for some biographies of some of our tutors!
Often, we find that the ability to concentrate on an area of interest and peer recognition for tech skills, together with being surrounded by other campers who all like the same things reduces anxiety, improves self-esteem and is a great self-confidence boost!
Abingdon - lunch is included
Winchester - lunch and snacks are included for day campers. All meals and snacks are included for residential campers.
All other venues - please bring a packed lunch (and snacks if you want!)
We are pleased to see this increasing year on year and is reflected in our increasing number of female tutors, which was nearly 50% in 2017. The number of girls varies by course and ranges from 10-20%, but there is always the chance that no girls may register for a particular week. There are usually slightly more girls on our residential courses and they are all roomed together with female staff.
We can often help in the office letting parents know which courses/weeks have girls, and what age they are when parents want to book.
On Sunday the campers settle in, unpack and start with a fun evening of different icebreaker activities, usually involving an "engineering challenge" of some sort. This gives time for everyone to get to know each other before the courses start on Monday, and allows our many overseas campers to arrive in good time so they don't miss anything on the Monday morning.
If arrival on the Sunday is particularly difficult, it is possible for a residential camper to arrive on the Monday - please contact us in advance of the camp starting however!
Pricing and Payments
Please see our payment terms, but in summary:
The £50 deposit is non-refundable. The balance of payment for an event is due 28 days before the starting date. In the event of cancellation, the following amounts will be refunded.
- 28 days or more before the start of an event - 100% refund
- Between 14 and 28 days before the event - 50% refund
- Under 14 days before the event - no refund