Within the Department for Academic Support, we have a dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) team. On average, 19% of Epsom pupils have EAL and many will take specialist EAL lessons instead of a Modern Language. Private tuition is also available.
All pupils with EAL are expected to access the normal curriculum, and to sit the usual GCSEs and IGCSEs, including English Language and Literature.
In addition, those pupils who do not study a modern language will be prepared for the IGCSE English as a Second Language. EAL lessons are taught to small year groups of approximately ten pupils, from Years 9 to 11.
In the Sixth Form, the emphasis of teaching and learning changes. EAL provision at this point concentrates on two specific areas of study:
- qualification for entry to British or other English-medium universities
- broadening and consolidation of academic skills in English language.
The course of choice leads to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams in Lower Sixth.
Tertiary institutions across the world recognise the IELTS. It is also possible for pupils to undertake study that leads to American examinations such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or any of the Cambridge University Main Suite Exams (CPE, CAE or FCE).
In the Upper Sixth, private tuition is the norm, and pupils may resit the IELTS exam if required.
We asses all pupils with EAL and ensure that they have appropriate access arrangements in public examinations.