In Years 9,10 & 11 EAL is taught instead of English lesson, which amounts to 9 hours a fortnight. Additional hours are also available for those students who do not study French or Spanish. In the Sixth Form, EAL is taught for 8 lessons a fortnight. Please note that these classes are only accessible if you have opted for the EAL option when registering your child.
The small size of the EAL groups allows for a rigorous but friendly and personalised approach to the course. Our entry English assessment provides staff with a useful baseline on which to build each student’s learning programme.
The ultimate focus of our EAL classes is on achieving a strong IELTS score. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2.9 million IELTS tests are taken each year. Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help students live, study and work around the world. More than 10,000 organisations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. IELTS assesses all of your child’s English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking.
We offer two opportunities each year to sit the IELTS: in February and in June. The EAL staff will help students determine whether they are ready to take the test or if it is in their interest to wait until a future session. It is possible to re-sit the test. A charge is incurred to sit the IELTS. Letters are sent to parents in October to register their child for the February session.
Once students in the Sixth Form have achieved a IELTS score of 7, they may stop their study of EAL, on consultation with Francoise Armstrong, Assistant Headteacher International.