At the Grange School we are a diverse community. We have a number of students for whom English is not the main language spoken at home, and some students who have only recently moved to the UK, and are beginning to learn English.
All students for whom English is not the main language spoken at home will receive additional support and intervention. This will be very much tailored to their individual need. Students who have been speaking English for several years and who are very confident in the language may simply receive additional support from their teachers within the classroom. Students who started learning English more recently, or who are less confident in the language, may receive one or more of the following types of support, overseen by the EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department:
- Beginners’ English classes, taught by a specialist teacher in small groups.
- Group intervention classes to help develop their vocabulary, comprehension and understanding of “academic language”.
- Support from a specialist teaching assistant within class.
- Differentiated work within the classroom to help develop language skills and meet the student’s needs.
The progress of all students for whom English is not the main language spoken at home is carefully tracked, and the support and intervention they receive is adapted according to progress and need.
We are proud of the diversity of our students, and aim to take every possible opportunity to celebrate the international nature of our community.
Parents/Carers will find our guide to EAL a useful document.