English as an Additional Language (EAL)
St Edmund’s welcomes pupils from all around the world, and in support of this, there is a dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) department to help those pupils whose first language is not English, and who require language development during their years at the school.
EAL lessons are tailored to meet pupils’ individual needs; there is an average of only five pupils per class, thereby allowing teachers to offer high levels of individual care and attention. Pupils’ levels of ability are taken into account, as well as their reasons for wishing to improve their English: they may wish to secure a place at university, for example, or simply aid their communication and comprehension whilst at school.
Students with EAL requirements in the Fifth Form, (years 9-11) follow a structured course designed to deliver good results in the International GCSE (IGCSE), and also to prepare them for A-level study. In the Sixth Form, those EAL students wishing to apply for a UK university will sit the IELTS examination, an entrance qualification expected of most overseas students. Tuition at this level can be one-to-one, or part of a larger class.