The ultimate aim of most international students is to have a British Education and gain recognised British qualifications. For students with an intermediate level of English and above, the Mainstream School Timetable with ESOL support is the best option.
Pupils follow the main curriculum but, while their English-speaking classmates study a Modern Foreign Language and English, these pupils have additional ESOL support. Typically this will involve 12 lessons per week.
The ESOL Department works hard with the student to help raise their level of English and to provide extra support for other subjects. Whilst there is a great deal of subject specific language to learn, this approach allows for a greater amount of immersion in the English language and more time with native speakers.
When they are ready the students will sit an internationally recognised ESOL examination such as Cambridge Preliminary English, Cambridge First Certificate in English or Cambridge Advance Certificate in English.
This course is aimed at pupils aged between 11 and 16 years.
For students entering in years 7 – 9 (age 11 – 13): English should be at least Elementary Level.
For students entering in years 10 – 11 (age 14 – 15): English should be at least Intermediate Level.