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Amazing teachers surprising our children with our favourite characters!


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MHS staff have made an amazing effort to celebrate World Book Day and the students have responded brilliantly! Well done one and all.


Wishing our staff, students, parents and carers a relaxing, peaceful Christmas break! Stay safe and see you all in 2019!


What a lovely way to end the term! Congratulations to our winners for their great attendance and amazing behaviour/attitude! We are so proud of you all!


It's the most wonderful time of the year!! Thank you to our community OAPs for joining us for dinner yesterday!! Great event led by our amazing staff and prefect team!

24/11/18 Anyone on Croydon today please please vote for Meridian!!!!


Calling come and join us on our success journey!!


Thank you!! We are so proud of our students - always looking for collaborative opportunities!!


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Please do share this wonderful performance in memory of the Croydon Tram Crash- simply beautiful and moving performance from


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Maths SouthEast By: 19th Nov For: ASAP Full time teacher of mathematics required in Croydon. Highly competitive salary with fantastic career opportunities. NQTs welcome. Email for more information


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DT/RM SouthEast By: 19th Nov For: ASAP Art teacher and a RM (Product Design) teacher vacancy There is flexibility around this appointment and the successful candidate could be a specialist in either subject.


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✨Support and , as they come together to reach out and support their local community! Very touching! ✨


we would love you to help our wonderful students who performed this cover of your amazing song as a tribute to the Croydon Tram Crash that devastated our community. Please please get behind us!!


Ok Twitter we need your help!!! Our amazingly talented and caring students created this wonderful song in memory of the Croydon Tram Crash which devastated our community. Get behind the students and order your version of the song now!!


We can't wait to see you both!!! Welcome to the family!!


Absolutely amazing work from our Meridian Master Chefs!! Well done to all of the students for creating such delicious and beautifully artistic plates of food!!


We are so proud of our students!!


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There are nine fantastic reasons to join and you can find them HERE: What are you waiting for?


Retweeted From Sarah Lynagh

Any former students interested in a career in IT? We have vacancies for onsite/field engineers/service desk analysts & can offer training. Contact our recruitment team ; we’d love to hear from you.

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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