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The EAL department is here to support students in learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). When students come to the school their English language support needs are assessed and support is provided where necessary.

For all EAL learners, in particular for early stage learners, high expectations are essential. Many students are studying our curriculum in their second, third, or even fourth language.  

We aim to provide all students with high expectations, to enable them to articulate their ideas and achieve their full potential across the curriculum.

What the research tells us

  • Knowing two languages gives children many advantages, but learning a new language takes time. At first, a child may just want to listen in class and not talk.
  • This ‘silent period’ is natural during the first stages of learning a new language.
  • EAL learners generally develop conversational fluency within a year or two. This involves use of high frequency words and simple grammatical constructions.
  • Maintaining home language is important. Bilingualism is educationally enriching and has a positive effect on academic performance.
How support is given
As standard, an induction programme is provided for students who arrive with little or no English.  In-class support is provided for these students of up to four/five lessons per week.
  • Small withdrawal groups (KS3 and 4);
  • In-class support across the curriculum;
After-school activities
Homework club for all year groups.
Young Interpreter Club for Years 7-10.
Enrichment Activities for newly arrived students to the UK.


Miss J.Price (EAL Co-ordinator)








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