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 to develop and improve every’s student’s English knowledge using an interactive teaching style.  International students who are non-native speakers 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) and 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 1 Year I/GCSE course (see Pre-A Level E3 programme below); or
  • As part of their A Level or NCUK International Foundation Year programme (see IELTS preparation).

The age of entry for students beginning these courses is from 13 to 18 years.  Due to A Level courses lasting two years, there will be a small number of students at the College aged between 19 and 20 years.  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 refer to the Admissions section.

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 4:10pm, 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 Padworth.  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.  For international students enrolling in Year 9, we offer a tailored EAL group 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.

Academic Support

  • Every student has a Form Tutor with whom they meet on a daily basis.
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is delivered through weekly assemblies and tutor time.
  • Effort and Achievement grades are issued every half term.
  • Full written reports are issued at the end of each term (sent to parents, guardians and agents).
  • Wherever possible, extra language support will be given to students where a need is identified.

College Life and 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 to 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 dining room 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, Director of Studies 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 NCUK International Foundation Year Programme

Having completed the Pre-A Level course, students go on to either a two-year A Level course or the one-year NCUK International Foundation Year programme.  Our A Level programme offers specialist teaching in a wide range of subjects in small classes with ongoing 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 Russell Group universities such as Exeter, Southampton, Manchester and Liverpool.  The NCUK International Foundation Year programme offers a one-year course in Business or Engineering, with ongoing English language support.  Please click here for more information on our careers support.

The British Council inspected and accredited Padworth College in May 2018. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching, welfare, and safeguarding under 18s and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected.

Strengths were noted in the areas of teaching, care of students, academic staff profile, learner management, accommodation, and leisure opportunities.

The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

‘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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Tom Griffiths Padworth College Registrar
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