The main aim of the EAL department is to support students for whom English is an Additional Language, in order to facilitate their access to the mainstream curriculum. We offer language support to those at an early stage of learning English, as well as to students who have more advanced language skills. This support takes a variety of forms.
At KS3 new arrivals are taken out of mainstream lessons and taught English language. This includes the four skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and an introduction to mainstream subjects.
At Key Stage 4 English language is taught in one of the option blocks, with the opportunity to complete the Cambridge IGCSE ESL examination. This is a language focused exam with no controlled assessment. The exam is equivalent to a GCSE.
The EAL department also encourages students who speak an additional language to sit a GCSE, AS or A level in their home language. Last year the languages taken included: Arabic, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish.
Support is given to EAL learners in mainstream lessons with a focus on KS4 and core subjects. The EAL area is open at breaktime, lunchtime and after school for students to receive homework support or advice. This is supervised by EAL staff.
Here are some websites with games and activities to help your child with their English:
- British Council
- BBC World Service Learning English
- English Club