Significant levels of pastoral and academic support are offered to identified students in the early stages of English language acquisition, which may coincide with their recent arrival in the UK. As students become more proficient in English and settle in, this support is gradually removed. The staff are experienced language instructors, qualified in teaching English as an additional language. The team operates from a dedicated teaching and resource area, which is also available as a drop-in for students at break and lunchtimes.
Students in all your year groups will receive tailored support according to their needs. This may include some or all of the following: withdrawal from mainstream lessons to be taught beginners’ English in small groups; one-to-one sessions to improve English language; in-class support in curriculum subjects such as Science, Geography, Maths…; pre-teaching of curriculum subject matter in conjunction with class teachers; support with homework; support to parents.
There is no set curriculum for this subject area: as stated above, students receive bespoke packages according to their individual needs. Students likely to need support are tested during Y6 graduation week in July.
From Year 9-11, some students may be prepared for entry in their first-language GCSE. We regularly enter students for qualifcations in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu and others…
In Year 11, students may study and be entered for Edexcel Skills for Life and/or ESOL qualifications. These are Level 2 qualifications which can assist with entry into sixth-form colleges.