Students choose one GCSE subject fewer than native speakers of English, and attend EAL classes in place of another subject. Classes are typically up to 12 students, depending on the number of students requiring EAL in Year 10/11, and take place in the welcoming EAL classroom.
Students come to 3 EAL classes a week. Lessons are a combination of support with course work for other subjects, help with subject revision for exams, additional preparation for IGCSE English exams, and support for their Higher Project Qualification (HPQ, Year 10). There is a focus on improving writing skills and any other language development work relevant to students’ individual needs. The EAL Department works closely with other subject teachers in order to find out how to best support the EAL students in their other subjects. There is no charge for group EAL lessons in Years 10 & 11.
Students may also work towards taking an external, Cambridge English exam at the end of Year 10. This is normally the Cambridge First For Schools examination or the Cambridge C1 Advanced English examination. These exams test students in the skills of Listening, Speaking, Writing, Reading & Use of English (grammar and vocabulary).
These exams are taken at a local examination centre, and are internationally recognised. They are excellent additional qualifications to have, and are valid for life. There is an additional charge for these exams and you will receive more details on this during the year. The C1 exam is recognised by many universities as a proof of English qualification, and is valid for entry to UK universities and universities in other English speaking countries.