New to English Students
New To English Students and their parent / carers will have an admissions meeting with an EAL teacher and start school with a week long Induction course staffed by EAL teachers and teaching assistants – a number of whom are bilingual themselves- and science / resource centre staff.
The Induction course welcomes the students giving an opportunity to learn about the school and develop English skills working in a small group setting. The Induction finishes on a Friday and parents/carers are invited to a graduation ceremony where students showcase new skills and receive a certificate.
Following graduation students start mainstream timetables, accessing New To English classes in English, as well as other curriculum subjects appropriate to their year. NTE classes focus on communication in English, particularly speaking and listening, with initial literacy in English and a weekly reading lesson.
New To English students also receive in class support across the wider curriculum, as appropriate.
Students with very low levels of English in year 9 will take an EAL / geography course as one of their options. In year 10 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is an option available in addition to New To English lessons. In Y11 NTE students are supported with English GCSE classes to ensure they are able to take GCSE English.