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20/11/19

Magic Breakfast - free breakfast available to students. Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn https://t.co/fXs9PItlEv

19/11/19

- According to in 2016, there were 4,287 male suicides in the UK, accounting for 76% of all suicide. https://t.co/LheVtNsA1M

18/11/19

. According to 5 people are killed on UK roads everyday and more than 60 seriously injured. https://t.co/2ICdllMaTo

17/11/19

Final update! The students have returned school safe and sound albeit a little tired! Plenty of rest needed ready for school tomorrow! A huge thank you to Miss Ledingham and Mr Kett

17/11/19

update: The students and staff are on their way home! ETA 1pm depending on traffic!

17/11/19

update: Students are up, mini bus loaded and we are squeezing in some more maths revision before returning to school. Students will text ETA to parents.

16/11/19

update: Everything about this photo shows the resilience and determination of our wonderful students. at its very best! Overcoming fears, pushing themselves mentally and physically well done Year 11! https://t.co/8WDKu9to0m

16/11/19

update well done Jack, Joe and Bobby winners of this evening’s quiz!

16/11/19

update! The students have had a great action packed day and are resting before dinner

16/11/19

Go Jack! First one on the zip wire!! https://t.co/oPuIGT0LrB

16/11/19

update! The students are helping each other get ready to zip wire!! They are being so brave! https://t.co/lEhNuI6T8F

16/11/19

update problem solving activities last night with an element of competition! https://t.co/8dv5bufnNa

16/11/19

update the students are busy in their workshop the level of concentration is impressive! https://t.co/83DbIlInUW

16/11/19

update! A sunny start to the morning and the students are looking forward to the zip wire later! https://t.co/OQFfvV6e2Y

16/11/19

update! Good morning from the Year 11s! Early start for a Saturday..breakfast done now into their first maths workshop of the day https://t.co/NSbs9w15MM

15/11/19

update.... after an evening of fun filled team building activities and pizza delivered by all students are in their rooms and ready for a good sleep before their day of maths and exciting activities!

15/11/19

Year 11 and their echo! The students are straight into activities! https://t.co/39RWEoOy3d

15/11/19

Year 11 update: The students have arrived safe and sound. Phone signal is limited however they are all singing along to Shania Twain so in good spirits!

15/11/19

And away they go! Year 11 are safely on route! https://t.co/eVy7JgMQqC

15/11/19

According to children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints and decreased academic achievement. https://t.co/d8bulWoQZO

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.

KS3

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. 

KS4

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

Qualification title:

IGCSE ESL

Additional learning resources: