English as an Additional Language
As a state boarding school, the state pays for the education, so all applicants must have a British or Irish passport or have leave to remain in the UK.
This means that we welcome English as an Alternative Language (EAL) students into Years 7, 8 and 9. In order to complete GCSE or A Level examinations, EAL students over the age of 15 are required to have at least a ‘good’ level of verbal and written English.
All students are allocated their own personal Tutor and meet with them for Tutor time every Wednesday morning.
These are members of the teaching staff who are connected to a particular House and track the progress of the students under their care. Tutors often spend additional time with students as and when necessary to help them with their work.
Prep (homework) is given to students to enhance class work and projects. Students have allocated time every evening to do prep work and they do this in the classroom. House staff and Tutors are often on hand to assist.
Every student is given a school laptop which can be used in lessons and in the Boarding House to complete their work. Students are responsible for the safe use, charging and storage of their laptops. Desktop computers are also available in the day rooms of Junior and Senior Boarding Houses and can be used to Skype home or print work.
The ‘Pupil Premium’ is additional funding given to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students, and to close the gap between them and their peers.
The ‘Service Pupil premium’ is also received which is designed to help the school to provide mainly non-educational support (ie pastoral care) for the children of service personnel.