English language support

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is designed to integrate EAL students into the mainstream classroom environment as soon as they may benefit from it. The all-inclusive programme aims to support English language skill sets whilst always maintaining and celebrating the cultural diversity of our students. The programme works in conjunction with the National Curriculum of England, IGCSE, IB and all adapted programmes of study at the school.

The Approach

We offer content integrated language teaching as students make the fastest progress when language is learnt with context. Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) support is provided across the curriculum areas to help students access mainstream curriculum.

Our Immersion Programme constitutes

  • Daily booster sessions
  • Pull-out in small groups to work on the core areas
  • In-class support for specific areas of the curriculum

Assessment, Support and Transitioning

All students applying for admission are required to take the formal and informal assessments set by the school.

Students are screened to determine their level of English in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. They may be asked to sit for the standardised WIDA evaluation based on:

  • Initial assessment during the enrolment process, or
  • Class teacher’s recommendation
  • In-class support for specific areas of the curriculum

41%
Absolute beginner EAL students

99%
Students moved a level up for
standardised assessment