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Every week we display student art work proudly in reception! Congratulations Tilly for being our Artist of the Week!


Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Calling NQTs & experienced teachers - do visit us at the recruitment fair and meet team. Plenty of opportunities to be part of an incredible cross primary- secondary team and to join the GLF journey


Why not pop into visit us ?? would love to show you around our science department and can talk you through the incredibly journey we are on as a school


Another great week ! Final Catering exams, Theatre Trips and a visit to Tower Bridge to take part in the Winter Youth Summit! So proud of our students


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We are hiring! If you are interested in starting with us as a science teacher then please drop me a DM to arrange a visit and meet the brilliant team. Suitable for starting NQT in Sept or teachers with experience should also apply


Great assembly today! Mrs Anderson has set year 7/8 the challenge of learning a poem off by heart and reciting it with purpose and passion. The first student to be brave and recite it to her will receive a special letter home and rewards!


We look forward to welcoming our Year 10 parents to parents evening tonight! 4:30pm until 7pm.


Retweeted From Amy Anderson

Looking for a new career opportunity?? Come and join our team in a values driven school on the road to good! Get applying!!


Happy New Year! Great to see everyone back and ready to during the new term, making 2020 count!


Retweeted From Aimhigher London

with yr 10 NCOP students from and working on countering limiting beliefs, positive affirmation, vision and success with student ambassadors from and .


Tomorrow Wednesday 11th December is Christmas Jumper day! Helping to raise money for our school community projects fund!


Retweeted From Centreofchange: Counselling, Mentoring, Tutoring

New Addington Christmas Celebration for all the friends and family. Join us for free refreshments, a chance to win a homemade Caribbean Rum cake, and many more fun prizes and activities


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Magic Breakfast - free breakfast available to students. Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn


Update! Good news we are delighted to confirm the issues with hot water and heating have been resolved and we will be open tomorrow! We look forward to seeing the students in the morning and apologise for any inconvenience caused today


Dear Parents and Carers of Meridian High School, Due to an issue with our heating and hot water unfortunately we have taken the difficult decision to close the school. An update will be sent this afternoon. Text messages have been sent to all parents.


With approaching - PSHE lessons this week will focus on various political parties and Croydon candidates.


students are proud to wear our uniform. A uniform can not only instill pride but also support a schools ethos, promote positive behaviour and provide cohesion. Uniform can also support effective teaching and learning.


Everyone born on or after 1 September 1997 must stay in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday. Advice available from


Assemblies this week for years 7-10 will be on the topic of


Magic Breakfast - free breakfast available to students. Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn

English as a Second Language (ESL)

What is English as a Second Language for at Meridian High School?

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 learning skills.


New arrivals are withdrawn from 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. 


English language is taught in one of the option blocks, with the opportunity to complete the Cambridge IGCSE ESL or ESOL examination. Students develop their ability to use English effectively and accurately for the purpose of practical communication. The skills they acquire provide a foundation for further study and employment using English. For those who have had little previous education literacy skills are the main focus. 

Why does English as a Second Language as a subject matter?

It develops the learner’s ability to use English effectively for the purpose of practical communication. It forms a solid foundation for the language skills required for further study in UK. It develops the learner’s awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills. It promotes learners’ personal development.

What does English as a Second Language help young people to achieve?

ESL gives learners the opportunity to gain lifelong skills and knowledge including:

  • A better communicative ability in English
  • The ability to understand English in a range of everyday situations and in a variety of social registers and styles.
  • The ability to use a range of language – learning skills.
  • A wider international perspective; texts selected for reading and listening deal with contemporary and international issues.

Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

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