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  • A Global Family

    The world is full of opportunities. We give your child a place to grow so they can reach out and grab them.

  • Learning for Everyone

    Whatever your child needs, our curriculum inspires them to reach their full potential.

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  • Building The Whole Child

    Our students have the confidence to achieve, but also the character and values to become valued members of society.

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    Our experienced teaching staff care about the education of their students, and are always prepared to go one step further.

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    Our packed calendar of events and activities will make each day special.

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    Your child can go anywhere. We aim to give them the confidence to get there.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Students who do not speak English as their first language can access additional support through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme up to, and including, Year 8.

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English levels are measured by using assessments that link to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference For Languages) so that we can best meet the needs of each student. The students are assessed in their speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in English and the scores determine the level of support needed.

EAL students are taught in mainstream classrooms and withdrawn for English lessons. As we offer a fully differentiated approach in all curriculum areas, our lessons are already designed to meet the needs of all learners, including EAL students. Our teachers are trained in how to adapt lessons to ensure all students are able to access the curriculum at the appropriate level. EAL teaching assistants also offer extra support within the classroom.

As we recognise that EAL learners will require additional English support, these students will be required to attend EAL intervention lessons taught by an EAL specialist. These lessons are timetabled to take place twice a day during Mandarin and English. Where a student requires additional support they will also be withdrawn for Maths and IPC, allowing them to receive specialist support to enable them to access these areas of the curriculum. EAL support will continue until students have acquired a level of English that allows them to access the curriculum without additional support.

Students who participate in the EAL programme are assessed at regular, specific points throughout the year. When the agreed level of proficiency is reached in all four areas the student will exit the EAL programme but will then continuously be monitored and supported.

EAL Brochure