English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Our language programme is embedded in our differentiated learning approach tailored to the individual requirements of every student.

Our highly qualified EAL department with DELTA qualified teaching staff aims at developing and improving each student’s English knowledge using an interactive teaching style. International students are evaluated and placed accordingly in one of three levels based on their command of the English language: E1 Beginner (following the Cambridge Key English Test (KET) curriculum), E2 Intermediate (following the Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) curriculum), E3 Advanced (following the IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum). This is a flexible system where students are monitored regularly to allow for a personalised access to English language support. Sixth Form students are prepared for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as this is an entrance requirement for universities in the United Kingdom.

Our EAL department is responsible for delivering language and study skills support to all international students who need to improve their English either:

  • before beginning a full-time academic course (see Pre A Level Year 9, E1 and E2 programmes below) or
  • as part of a one year GCSE course (see Pre A Level E3 programme below) or
  • as part of their A Level or Business Foundation programme (see IELTS preparation).

The age of entry for students beginning these courses is from 13 to 18. Due to A Level courses lasting two years, there will be small numbers of students at the College aged between 19 and 20. Courses start at the beginning of each term in September, January and April and can be one, two or three terms in length. Click here for our calendar and term dates which include school holidays and any non-teaching days. For information on how to apply and on our fees, please click on the relevant link.

Pre A Level students have a full timetable from Monday to Friday with 30 hours of tuition per week plus a 35 minute co-curricular period in which they choose one of the enrichment activities on offer from Monday to Thursday. The school day runs from 8:40am until 4:45pm with an early finish on a Friday at 4:00pm.

The maximum class size is 12.

All students on Pre A Level courses study English and Mathematics and are tested in these subjects when they arrive at our school. They are then placed in one of three class levels E1, E2 or E3 in which the teaching approach and materials are tailored to the appropriate level. As our school now has a thriving Year 9, we offer a tailored EAL group for those students to help prepare them for the linguistic and academic demands of (I)GCSE studies. It is possible to move between courses as progress is made during the year.

Course Outline for Year 9 EAL, E1, E2, E3 (Pre A Level) and Year 12, Year 13 and Access IELTS (Sixth Form)

Course NameEnglish Level Required
Length of Course
Subjects (hours per week)
Pre A Level – Year 9 EAL

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Year 9
Performing Arts

Elementary – Pre Intermediate
(CEFR A1+)
1–3 terms­- English language support (including British Culture): 4 hours per week
­- Study skills support: 2 hours per week
– Conversation class: 1 hour per week
– Mathematics: 3 hours per week
­- Science: 6 hours per week
­- ICT: 2 hours per week
­- Current Affairs: 1 hour a week
­- Music: 2 hours per week
­- History: 2 hours per week
­- Performing Arts: 2 hours per week
­- Art: 2 hours per week
­- Sport: 2 hours per week
­- Assembly and PSHEE time: 60 minutes a week
­- Daily form tutor period: 50 minutes a week
Pre A Level E1
Elementary – Pre Intermediate
(CEFR A1+)
1–3 terms­- English Language tuition (including British Culture): 12.5 hours per week
­- IGCSE Mathematics: 4 hours per week
­- Core Science: 5 hours per week
­- Performing Arts: 2 hours per week
­- Humanities: 2 hours per week
­- ICT or Art & Design: 2 hours per week
­- Sport: 2 hours per week
­- Assembly and PSHEE time: 60 minutes per week
­- Daily form tutor period: 50 minutes per week

End of year English examination at an appropriate level: Cambridge English KET/PET and IGCSE Mathematics and/or Art and/or Core Science (depending on age and level)

At least once a week students will be accompanied by an EAL teacher in their Science classes.

Pre A Level E2

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E2
E2 Humanities
Performing Arts

Pre-Intermediate – Intermediate
(CEFR A2 +)
1–3 terms­- English Language tuition (including British Culture): 12.5 hours per week
­- Performing Arts: 2 hours per week
­- Mathematics: 4 hours per week
­- Core Science: 5 hours per week
­- ICT or Art & Design: 4 hours per week
­- Sport: 2 hours per week
­- Humanities: 2 hours per week
­- Assembly and PSHEE time: 60 minutes per week
­- Daily form tutor period: 50 minutes per week

End of year English examination at an appropriate level – Cambridge English PET; IGCSE Maths, GCSE Core Science and Art & Design (dependent on level achieved)

Pre A Level E3

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E3

Upper Intermediate
(CEFR B1+)
1–3 termsAt this level, students may enter the Year 10 or 11 (I)GCSE stream. The number of (I)GCSE subjects taken will depend on the level of English and will include:

­- GCSE English Language and Literature or IGCSE English as a Second Language: up to 8 hours per week
­- Mathematics: 4 hours per week
­- Other (I)GCSE subjects from
Either
­- Core Science: 5 hours per week
+ Art: 3 hours a week
+ Humanities: 2 hours per week
Or
­- 1, 2 or 3 out of Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 4 hours per week each
+ options of ICT, History, Geography, Art: 4 hours per week each
­- Assembly and PSHEE time: 60 minutes per week
­- Daily form tutor period: 50 minutes per week

Exams taken in 3–9 (I)GCSE subjects in May/June depending on options.

IELTS Preparation for A Level and Business Foundation students

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Red IELTS
Green IELTS
Blue IELTS
Access IELTS

Minimum Upper Intermediate (CEFR B1+)One or Two yearsThe EAL Department delivers the IELTS preparation course as a one or two year course for all A Level and Business Foundation students with EAL. Business Foundation students will follow a one-year course with 4 hours of tuition per week and A Level students will follow a two-year course with at least 5 hours of tuition per week. The focus is on the four essential skills tested by the IELTS examiners of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as familiarising students with the exam format, expectations and criteria.

Exams: IELTS external examination in final term (or earlier if required)

Academic Support

  • Every student has a form tutor with whom they meet on a daily basis.
  • PSHEE is delivered through Weekly Assemblies and tutor time.
  • Effort and Achievement grades are issued every half term.
  • Full termly written reports from all their teachers (sent to parents, guardians and agents).
  • Wherever possible, extra language support will be given to students where a need is identified.

College Life & Boarding

All boarding students live on our campus and a wide range of social, sporting and cultural activities and trips are organised during lunchtimes, during the co-curricular period from 4:10pm–4:45pm in the evenings and at weekends. Please click here to read more about our co-curricular programme. Every weekend there is a full day excursion on either Saturday or Sunday for which there is a charge dependent on the nature of the outing. All boarding students are accommodated in our purpose-built, self-contained residences, mostly in single study bedrooms with some double bedrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the cafeteria and every attempt is made to meet special dietary needs. Kitchenette facilities are provided in the boarding houses so that students can make their own drinks and snacks in the evenings and at weekends. Our Principal, Deputy Principal and House Parents reside on-campus, which means there is a family atmosphere of care and support for all students at all times. Please click here to read more about our boarding.

A Level and Business Foundation

Having completed the Pre A Level course, students go on to either a two-year A Level course or our one-year Business Foundation Course. Our A Level programme offers specialist teaching in a wide range of subjects in small classes with on-going English language support in the form of IELTS preparation classes. Our consistently high A Level results bear testimony to the success of our approach as does our record of university destinations which regularly include Oxford and Cambridge, Exeter, Southampton, Bath, Manchester and Liverpool. Our Business Foundation Course offers a one-year course with on-going English language support and students gain direct entry onto business related degree courses at a number of British universities including Royal Holloway, Aston and Oxford Brookes. Please click here for more information on our careers support.

‘The EAL Department has a thorough understanding of the individual needs of all pupils with EAL and provides excellent advice and strategies for classroom teachers.’

Quote from the last Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report (October 2015)

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