English as an Additional Language (EAL)
For pupils who do not have English as their first language (EAL), we are committed to working with them to ensure they can achieve the level of English required for their studies and to fully integrate socially. EAL pupils will be supported in order to enable access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. English is best learnt through the curriculum and our EAL pupils are encouraged to play a full part in class activities.
Wherever possible, EAL pupils are integrated into mainstream lessons following the same curriculum as their peers, with adjustments and/or support provided within these lessons.
EAL support is provided by specialist EAL staff. Depending on their individual needs, pupils of any age can have 1:1 EAL support lessons, small group lessons, or join small group exam preparation classes to work towards IGCSEs in Years 10 and GCSEs 11 or A-levels or Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Sixth Form. Additional provision for EAL is subject to further cost in addition to the school fees.
For more advanced or bilingual pupils, the ‘English for Academic Purposes’ (EAP) course is available. This course aims to develop the pupils' academic vocabulary, writing, grammar, and higher-order reading skills to prepare them for the demands of both the GCSE and A-Level curricula.
Overseas pupils in Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form) who wish to go on and study at university in the UK may also attend the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam preparation course.