Girls for whom English is not their first language will receive EAL teaching, and support will be provided for their studies in other subjects.
Decisions on the extent of the EAL provision will be taken in the light of each girl’s individual needs. The lessons will sometimes be timetabled in place of the provision for Modern Foreign Languages, replacing one GCSE subject choice and sometimes outside the normal school day. Most EAL girls studying for GCSEs will be entered for the IGCSE English as a Second Language exam, which will take the place of mainstream English GCSE only in instances where an EAL student would not cope with that syllabus.
Most EAL Sixth Form girls will be prepared for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. IELTS is widely recognised and is the usual entry requirement for overseas students to access degree courses at British universities. However, assistance can be given in preparation for the TOEFL or SAT test should this be required instead of IELTS. For some degree courses at overseas universities, a second European Modern Language in addition to English is an entrance requirement.
We will liaise with parents and students on an individual basis to determine the best course of action for EAL provision.