Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

ESOL Teaching in Prep School

We have a dedicated ESOL department that provides extra support to international pupils learning English. We welcome international boarders from age 9 in the Preparatory School and international day pupils from age 3.

We can prepare our international Preparatory School pupils to take the Cambridge Board international exams.

The department is run by Ms Boar, our ESOL Co-ordinator, whose approach is very flexible and student-orientated. She explains: “The level of academic and pastoral support we give to overseas students is very high. We understand the difficulties they often experience away from home, whether they are from Europe or further afield. Nothing is taken for granted and we have a sympathetic and caring approach. We recognise that overseas students play an extremely important part in all aspects of school life and they are given every encouragement to participate in, and benefit from, both mainstream and ESOL study programmes.”

ESOL Study Options

These are the study options which Preparatory School pupils can follow:

1) English Experience Programme (short-term study option – flexible length)

Objective: to enable girls for whom English is not their first language to gain an insight into the workings of a real British school, whilst developing their English skills and gaining ESOL qualifications if they want to.

What it involves: In addition to English lessons and support from a dedicated ESOL teacher, pupils will follow a general curriculum including subjects such as maths, geography, history, art and music, alongside native speakers. We can prepare your daughter for a range of ESOL examinations and qualifications if you wish.

Who it is for?: Pupils of all ages but ideal for younger learners aged 9-14, who want to gain an initial insight into studying English in the UK. The programme is tailored to the individual’s requirements.

How long does it last?: We are flexible on the duration of stays but pupils must stay for a minimum of half a term (approximately 6 weeks). However in order to gain the most benefit from the experience a minimum of a one-term stay is recommended. (One term is approximately 10-12 weeks). If pupils want to gain Cambridge ESOL qualifications, their stay must coincide with the Cambridge Board’s examinations which are held in December, March and June every year. We are able to arrange transport to Cambridge for your daughter to take the exams.

Cost: Full time boarding fees pro-rata plus ESOL lessons charged at £35.00 per hour (individual lessons). The ESOL lesson cost is pro-rata if more than one pupil attends.

2) Full-time study (long term study option)

International pupils can join us in the Preparatory School at any time from age 3 as a day pupil and age 9 as a boarder on a permanent basis for full-time study. International pupils will follow the general curriculum with native speakers in their year group, including all standard subjects such maths, English, science, history, geography, art, music and PE.

International pupils will receive English lessons and support from our dedicated ESOL Co-ordinator, Ms Boar, as required. Ms Boar will make an initial assessment when your child arrives at our school and devise an individual learning plan depending on the level of English support needed. This will be constantly reviewed and assessed during your child’s time at our school.

Cost: Full-time day or boarding fees plus ESOL lessons charged at £35.00 per hour (individual lessons). The ESOL lesson cost is pro-rata if more than one pupil attends.

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