English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Students for whom English is not their first language are assessed on arrival for the level of language support needed. Tuition is given on an individual basis or in small groups to help the girls to work towards specific internationally-recognised EAL examinations (such as PET, FCE and IELTS) and to support English in the classroom.
In years 7, 8 and 9 the girls have 2-3 sessions of EAL tuition per week.
At the end of year 9, the girls are assessed to provide an indication of her British National Curriculum levels. In this way the EAL teachers can decide on the level of support she will need for her GCSE English courses. If they are struggling to achieve the appropriate level in English at that time, then a choice of external examinations may be considered. Prior’s Field’s EAL students aim to achieve grades A*-C in GCSE English Language and Literature.
In years 10 and 11 the girls have 2-3 sessions of EAL tuition per week.
In years 12 and 13 the girls have 2-3 sessions of EAL tuition per week. These girls study the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) courses, with the academic papers taken as preparation for university entrance.
Please note – If your daughter/client is coming to Prior’s Field for one year only, she can opt to take the First Certificate Examination as well as being supported with English in the classroom.