One of the many things about our students we celebrate is their array of languages which only add to their skills, knowledge and talents.

We have 89 students at our school who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and they speak a total of 22 languages in addition to English. These are made up of: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, French, Gujarati, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Shona, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, and Ukrainian.

We encourage these languages through a wide range of activities including a Weekly Languages and Culture Club which is led by students and is tied to the French and Geography Departments. Elsewhere we blend these languages into our French lesson, connect these languages with our GCSE French course, and connect grammatical rules across different languages to show consistency and patterns as these help embed our French teaching too.

You can learn more about the Weekly Languages and Culture Club by clicking here.

Sophie Grigg, Head of Humanities, said: “Our teaching goes beyond our exam courses as we work to prepare our students for the wide world front of them as they move forward in life. The cultural boundaries, friendships and inspirations we have reaped from our EAL students have been vs and they add to a wonderful melting pot in our school.”