English as an Additional Language

Engaging lessons to help you confidently communicate in both written and spoken English

Our teaching philosophy is based on the communicative approach and we are here to assist you on this language-learning journey from BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills) to CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency), while providing you with the necessary ‘tool kit’ to access the curriculum and fulfil your potential.

With small classes and dedicated staff, we are well resourced to help international students of all language abilities. We also understand the importance of community and all EAL (English as an Additional Language) students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, clubs, excursions and EAL cultural visits.

EAL Provision
Lower School EAL Provision (Years 7 – 9)

EAL lessons will normally take place instead of a Modern Foreign Language during 2 – 3 periods of 35 minutes per week. Students will be able to work towards one of the internationally recognised Cambridge tests e.g. A2 Key For Schools, B1 Preliminary For Schools, B2 First For Schools

Senior School EAL Provision (Years 10 – 11)

EAL is timetabled as a core subject and will be taught over 4 periods of 35 minutes per week. Students will normally be prepared for the Cambridge B2 First Test and in addition, will have the opportunity to sit the Cambridge IGCSE in English as a Second Language (B2 Level +) Syllabus 0991 which is especially tailored to meet the needs of the international learner as it focuses on all four language skills i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing; there is no course work element and it is not reliant on a knowledge of British culture or literature.

Sixth Form Foundation Year EAL Provision (SFFY)

This programme allows students from outside the UK to complete IGCSE courses in one year and then proceed to study A Levels or the IB in the UK. Depending on their age and level of English, students can take up to 6 IGCSE subjects in a year. The Cambridge IGCSE in English as a Second Language (B2 Level +) Syllabus 0991 will be taught over 8 periods of 35 minutes per week.

Sixth Form EAL Provision (Years 12 – 13)

Those students who hope to enter UK Higher Education will follow the IELTS course of 3 periods of 35 minutes per week in Year 12 and will sit the test at The University of Cardiff. This is a diagnostic test of Academic English and is also recognised by Australian universities and many in the US.

Individual bespoke lessons can be arranged for specific A Level subject support, if required and/or assistance with UCAS applications.

Useful Downloads

What is the IELTS – PDF Download

EAL Levels (CEFR) and ‘CAN DO’ statements – PDF Download

A2 Key For Schools – PDF Download

B1 Preliminary For Schools – PDF Download

B2 First For Schools – PDF Download

Useful Websites
General sites
Online Dictionaries
Cambridge A2 Key for Schools
Cambridge B1 Preliminary for Schools
Cambridge B2 First for Schools
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language


Recent Results
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language
Year IGCSE Grades
2021 9-4: 100% (A* – C equivalent)
9–6: 67% (A* – B equivalent)
2020 9-4: 100% (A* – C equivalent)
9–6: 75% (A* – B equivalent)
2019 A* – C: 91%
A* – B: 64%
2018 A* – C: 90%
A* – B: 70%
IELTS TEST – Average Overall Score
Year Score
2021 7.4
2020 7.4
2019 7.1
2018 7.1