English as an Additional Language

The EAL department teaches and guides international pupils through their external examinations: IELTS*, English GCSE and IGCSE.

All overseas pupils who do not have English as a first language can be supported by the EAL Department to further develop their English language skills.

This support includes:

  • small group or one-to-one tuition
  • examination preparation in IGCSE, English GCSE and IELTS
  • EAL Club, which is a weekly club for International pupils who can just come for a chat, get help with their work, practise their English and make friends

The EAL Department offers a flexible approach that is structured around individual needs and circumstances. Classes focus on enhancing language skills, exam preparation and additional language support for specific subjects to ensure that pupils succeed in their studies and are able to go on to English-speaking universities if they so wish.

Parents, pupils and/or members of staff may request help at any time. This support may be short term to meet a certain need, e.g. six lessons to brush up on interview technique, or longer term: the department works with the pupil, parent and tutors on a flexible basis.



The latest version of our EAL Voyage can be downloaded here.

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS measures the ability to communicate in English across the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Universities use it as an indicator of pupils' academic study skills and top universities are likely to demand a score of 7 in every skill. The test is taken in May during the pupils' first year in the Sixth Form.

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