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International Students

Approximately 10% of our students are from overseas. These include students from Iran, China, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Holland, Spain and Tanzania.

We are proud of the cultural diversity which this brings to St George’s School. Full integration is actively encouraged and achieved with help from the EAL department which provides support for students where English is not their first language.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Specialist language teaching focuses on developing EAL pupils’ skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing with the aim of building their confidence and enabling them to achieve greater success within their mainstream subjects. The level of EAL support varies according to the needs of individual pupils who are assessed on entry to the school.

Wherever possible, EAL pupils are integrated into mainstream academic lessons following the same curriculum as their peers. However, specialist EAL courses are also offered in Upper School as an alternative to mainstream English lessons if appropriate. Courses include preparation for:

  • Cambridge ESOL Key English Test and Preliminary English Test: Years 7-9
  • International GCSE English as a Second Language: Years 10-11
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Years 12-13

The IELTS examination is particularly important for access to British universities www.ielts.org

 

In addition to specialist language courses, curriculum support is provided where necessary, for example, in Science or History.

Support includes:

  • understanding key vocabulary and interpreting information
  • assisting with the preparation of written assignments
  • assisting with note-taking and proof reading

In the 6th form, EAL pupils are given additional support and guidance in applying for university. International students have achieved great success in A-levels at St. George’s and have gone on to study at a number of top British universities including: Imperial College, London; St. Andrew’s; York; Durham; Warwick; Bristol; and Birmingham.

St. George’s is a Highly Trusted Sponsor with the U.K. Borders Agency.

For further information regarding EAL support, please contact [email protected]