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English as an additional language (EAL)
Where English is not a student’s first language, they are offered specialist English Language teaching to support them in class and they are encouraged by their teachers and peers to join in and speak English. We ask that each student works hard to improve their language skills to allow them to access the curriculum fully and for them to be able to socialise with other students at school. They are encouraged to speak in English, rather than their native language during the school day and at social times if they board with us.
In Years 10 and 11 EAL students are prepared for the IGCSE English as a Second Language exam as well as being supported in other lessons. In addition, students have individual or small group language tuition and additional support with technical vocabulary related to their other GCSE subjects. EAL students are also entered for GCSE and A level exams in their native language.
There are no additional charges for EAL lessons upto and including year 11.
We offer specialist language provision to EAL students entering the Sixth Form who wish to take their IELTS exam. This exam has become a compulsory element in university applications for EAL students and has also recently become a more rigorous set of tests, with universities demanding high grades. This teaching is provided by The Phoenix School of Languages in Yeovil and is at an additional charge.