English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our school works hard to ensure that all the new children and their families that join us, are provided with a supportive admissions and induction programme.
On a child's first day, a member of our staff will welcome both them and their parents in to our school.
Within the first two weeks of a child joining us, staff will have assessed their learning needs including, where appropriate, the child's proficiency in English.
Our HLTA responsible for Parent Liaison, Mrs Paz Squire, will also arrange to meet parents of new pupils separately, to inform them about some of the services we provide, such as our parents' English Conversation Group and weekly coffee mornings.
A team of staff provide dedicated support to EAL pupils within classrooms as well as organising bespoke learning programmes. Intervention may include:
- Access to the school's New to English Curriculum;
- Involvement in language development groups;
- Participation in English Speaking Board qualifications;
- Access to an extensive range of EAL resources within the school, including bilingual books and a translation service.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity
We see it as our duty to actively seek to accept value and celebrate pupils’ cultural differences through for example, our visual displays, our range of resources and by actively welcoming visitors from a range of faiths and cultures.