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.
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)
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.