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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

At OSB we welcome students from all over the world into our diverse school community, they bring literacy in their first language, their educational and life experiences and many have cultural links with existing students. There is a whole school approach to working with new arrivals, and both pastoral and teaching staff strive to ensure that cultural, linguistic and academic needs are met and that the positive contribution these students can make is recognised and celebrated. Students come with different needs and different abilities in English language acquisition and each one of our young people is supported to reach their potential. 

The experienced and dedicated EAL team at Orchard have been recognised by Ofsted:

“Students whose first language is not English receive high-quality support both in and out of the classroom. Teachers and other adults who provide this support are highly skilled. The progress that these pupils make is often exceptional.”

A thorough initial assessment followed by a personalised induction process enables the EAL team to support newcomers into mainstream lessons and tailor subsequent support and resources both inside and outside of the classroom. Our admission process uses the EAL assessment to establish and timetable the type and level of support required. The details are then shared with the House Teams for further discussion at the Enrolment Meeting.

“Since I started at Orchard School, my English is much better. I can speak, write and read much more English and I can understand my lessons. Now I can text my friends.” (Muhamed Year 10)

“The EAL team have helped me to improve my handwriting, spelling and punctuation in English. We had a special EAL trip to Weston Super Mare, some people had never been to Weston before.” (Imaad Year 9)

“When I came to OSB I didn’t know any words in English. This is the first school I have been to in England and I am very surprised at how helpful the teachers are and that I have learned very quickly. I think it is very important to have extra support.” (Junior, Year 8)

“The EAL teachers have helped me with English, writing and reading. When I started at Orchard School I could only write a little and now I can write by myself and I understand my lessons.” (Zairat, Year 10)