English as an Additional Language (E.A.L.)
The department caters for the needs of pupils for whom English is an additional language. These learners include a wide range of pupils, from total beginners to pupils with a high level of proficiency in English. They are from diverse backgrounds and cultures as shown by the number of languages spoken in the school community.
Agnes Wolanin (EAL Subject Director)
Key Stage 3
EAL specialists work alongside subject specialists in the mainstream classroom and support the EAL students’ acquisition and development of language.
Pupils are also taught separately for more intensive language work on specific areas of the curriculum and to cater for specific individual need.
Students receive English tuition sessions 3 or 4 times a week. The focus of teaching is on the language of the mainstream curriculum to ensure students can all access the subjects on offer and achieve their full potential.
Students, who are new to English, are offered an English Immersion program, which gives them an opportunity to participate in some of the mainstream curriculum subjects, like Art, Mathematics, Design and Technology and Physical Education. This is complemented by an intense, English language tuition delivered by EAL specialist staff. These sessions focus on developing language competence across all 4 key skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, EAL students have access to Lexia software, Accelerated Reader programme in the library and Rosetta Stone software to facilitate their language acquisition and improve progress.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are offered EAL as an option subject. These sessions focus on raising achievement in English and also support literacy across the curriculum through grammar and extended writing.
Pupils are encouraged to participate in the extracurricular activities offered by the EAL department: EAL booster clubs for KS3 and KS4.
The EAL department also manages the Community Language provision and students are encouraged to participate in GCSE Community Language tuition program, which prepares them for their GCSE exams in their community language. The department offers weekly tutoring in Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Russian, Urdu and Arabic.