If you are currently studying at WE Bridge Academy, this is the place to find all the information you need to make the very best of your journey with us.
// Getting to WE Bridge Academy
If you have chosen private-rented or student accommodation within the city itself, you should find you are within walking distance of the academy. If you are staying in our homestay accommodation, this will be within 35 minutes of the academy either by bus or train. We can help you find the quickest and best route to WE Bridge Academy and you may find the following links useful:
Transport for Wales operates all trains within Wales with connections to the whole of the UK
Cardiff Bus is the main bus operator in Cardiff
Traveline Cymru is a great site that can show you the best route to the Academy
// Your First Day
Your first day at the academy will be a little different from a typical day in the classroom. The morning will consist of taking your placement test, filling out paperwork and taking part in an induction, which we give to all new students. You will also receive a copy of the Student Handbook.
On your first day, please arrive at 09:00 and go to Reception on floor 2. Remember to bring your original passport with you along with any visas you may have, including your Bio Residence Permit (BRP) card, if you have one.
// Finding Your Way Around
We have eight classrooms on floor 10 and four on floor 2. During your induction, we will give you a tour of our premises and show you where your lessons will take place.
We have a spacious student lounge where you can enjoy a freshly ground coffee, catch up with your new friends and see the stunning views of Cardiff from the 10th floor. The student lounge also boasts a Quiet Room where you can relax or work on those all-important assignments.
The student lounge also has a water cooler, dispensing fresh water. We’re helping to save the planet so no longer provide plastic cups – we recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you.
We have a multi-faith prayer room and washing facilities for the exclusive use of our students that can be used at lunch and break times*
// Your First Week
Once you have settled in, we will give you your student ID card and any letters you request (for things like opening a new bank account and registering with a doctor).
As a student, you can use your student ID card to get great discounts in the United Kingdom. Most shops, restaurants, gyms and cinemas will give you at least 10% off.
// Fire Alarm Test
The building’s fire alarm is tested every Wednesday at 3pm (for around 10 seconds). If you hear the alarm at any other time, it’s time to leave!
// Police Registration
As part of your visa requirements, you may need to register with the police. You must do this during your first week at the Academy and you will need a letter from Reception to take with you. Police registration takes place at Rumney Police Station, 713 Newport Road, Cardiff CF3 4FD.
You will need to make an appointment and can do this online at the South Wales Police website. Registration takes place every week. Click here to make an appointment.
(Note new opening times with effect from 14th December 2018)
- Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 14:00
- Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 08:30 – emergency drop in session only
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
You will need to take:
- A letter from WE Bridge Academy and completed questionnaire
- Your passport
- Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
- 2 passport-sized photographs
- £34.00 in cash
There are several buses that go to Rumney. Alight the bus at Rumney Hill Gardens, walk 50 metres up the hill and the police station is on the left. Please use the intercom to gain access.
International students who apply for further leave to remain must produce the email from the Home Office when attending Rumney police station to be registered (as they are no longer sending letters). If they have the email they must retain it until registered. If the student does not have it they can search on their email account for ATLAS.
Otherwise they must email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send another one. The police cannot register the student without seeing this email.
// Opening a UK Bank Account
If you are a long-term student, you may be eligible to open a bank account. Barclays allow you to apply online based on the conditions below, and HSBC allow you to book an appointment to start the process.
- You have a permanent address in your home country and can provide a 3-year address history
- You have a confirmed UK address to live at for the duration of your studies
Once you’ve completed the application online, you will be given a unique reference number. This will be required to take to a Barclays branch. You will also need:
- Your student ID card and a letter from WE Bridge Academy
- Proof of UK address
- Your passport, visa* and travel documents
// Attendance and Timetables
Your attendance will be monitored during your studies at WE Bridge Academy. All classes start at 09:30. If you arrive after this time, you will not be allowed to join the class until the next session starts. This is to prevent disruption to the teachers and other students.
We advise all students to plan their journey to the academy in advance. Allowing for delays such as road closures will ensure you arrive to the academy on time each day.
Your timetable will vary depending on the number of hours you study per week and the type of course you are enrolled on. If you are studying General English, you can view your timetable here. If you are studying our International Foundation Programme, your timetable will be displayed on floor 10.
If you think you may be late, or are unable to attend class, you must call the Academy as early as possible on 02920 225 656 or email email@example.com
// Holidays and Breaks During a Course
All holiday requests must be authorised by the Director of Studies and you will need to obtain a holiday letter from Reception on floor 10. If you are a sponsored student, your Embassy will also need to approve your holiday. If there is a break in your course for any reason, you must report to Reception on floor 2 on your return to the academy as we will need to see your passport and visas before you go back into the classroom.
WE Bridge Academy is closed to students for a 2-week period during the Christmas holiday. However, apart from Bank Holidays, there will still be team available to answer any questions you may have.
// Medical Information and Emergencies
It is important that you register with a doctor on arrival to the UK – don’t wait until you become unwell. You will need a letter from Reception on floor 10. You are entitled to free NHS treatment in the UK if your course lasts for 6 months or more.
- The UK emergency number is 999 (for fire, police, ambulance and coastguard service)
- The WE Bridge Academy emergency number is +44 (0)7958 469 916 (24-hours)
Find a local doctor (and other medical service) using your post code.
// Letters and Documentation
Reception on floor 10 can provide you with any letters and documents you may need. You can make a request online or at Reception.
- Council Tax (for courses lasting more than 6 months and 25 hours per week)
- Bank letter to open a UK bank account
- Doctors letter
- Course confirmation
- Offer and visa letters
- Holiday letter
- Police registration
Please ask at Reception if you require any other type of documentation.
// Council Tax
If you rent privately, you may need to pay Council Tax. If you are a student you may be exempt from paying. To count as a full-time student, your course must:
- last at least 1 calendar or academic year
- require you to undertake it for at least 24 weeks a year
- involve at least 21 hours’ study, tuition or work experience per week.
// Life Outside of the Academy
There is always something going on at WE Bridge Academy. We run a great social programme and you can view all our upcoming trips and events here
If you feel like exploring Cardiff and the surrounding area on your own, or with a group of friends, you will find so much going on and this site will give you lots of ideas to keep you entertained!
// Filming and Photography
We respect the privacy of our students, staff and visitors. We sometimes film and take photos to use across social media, in marketing and on our website. We will always gain your written permission before filming and to use your image in this way. We respectfully ask that any students wishing to film in the classroom obtain permission from the teacher first.
*Students aged over 18 only