Some pupils from overseas may require additional support with learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), and the department provides opportunities for such pupils to work in small groups towards EAL examinations such as the Cambridge First Certificate and AQA IGCSE.

Entry Qualification

Minimum language ability for Lower School entry equivalent to Threshold /Grade 3 to 4 IELTS

Good average IQ or above

School reference/ recommendation

Interview when possible


Currently from a range of countries including Germany, Spain, China, Japan, Thailand

Numbers limited to encourage full integration

Larger intake - mainly German - in the Sixth Form

Framework of Support

Flexible support depending on ability and need

Opportunities for full access to curriculum (except second foreign language)

Group or individual tuition in addition to mainstream English lessons

Mainstream teaching sensitive to EAL difficulties

Additional specialist EAL teaching (extra termly charge)

Supportive tutor system for all pupils

A dedicated tutor for overseas pupils, Mrs Lisa Wrobel, a full-time member of the languages department

Opportunity to take examinations (e.g. IGCSE) in first language (e.g. Cantonese)

Staff Profiles

Karen Cole (BA English, RSA Dip SpLD) as Head of Learning Support (and Learning Strategies) organises and co-ordinates the assessment and teaching of all EAL pupils. She is also responsible for specialist teaching of individual overseas pupils for additional EAL examinations and is experienced in supporting pupils in a range of subjects across the curriculum, including science to GCSE plus English, drama, art, history, economics and business studies to A Level.

Sandra Lawson (Cert TEFL) is responsible for teaching English as a second/additional language from Third to Fifth Form level (PET, FCE and IELTS) and for offering curriculum support to individual pupils outside the mainstream timetable. Having lived many years in Italy and currently studying for a degree in Psychology at Exeter University, Sandra has a great understanding of the cultural impact of living abroad and takes a keen interest in the pastoral welfare of our international pupils.

Alison Roberts (Cert TEFL) also has responsibility for teaching additional EAL individual pupils when the timetable allows.

Please click here to download more information about provision for international pupils at King's.

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