The EAL department caters for the many pupils who are learning English as an additional language.
We ensure equal access to the national curriculum for all pupils; strengthen pupils’ speaking, reading and writing levels; ease integration of new arrivals into a new educational environment and build self-confidence and self-esteem. Our EAL resource centre is home to many of our pupils during break time, lunchtime and after school. Its calm environment and strategic location within the school enables students to carry out a number of activities simultaneously without disturbing each other. Whether you want to play a board game, listen to an audio book, watch a movie in your home language with English subtitles or simply borrow a reading book/DVD, the EAL resource centre is a goldmine of bespoke interactive activities to suit your learning needs whilst having fun and making friends.
Additionally, pupils meet here to receive personalised one to one tuition in English, maths, science and different subjects across the curriculum.
- Multilingual In-class support for pupils
- Induction into the British education system
- EAL withdrawal lessons (intensive and fun at the same time!)
- Reading and writing support
- Homework and coursework support
- Language support
- Joint planning of lessons with teachers
- Translation services
- Dictionaries and extra time during exams
- First language assessment & examinations
- EAL training and consultation for teachers around the school
- Liaison between home and school
- Mentoring for ethnic minority achievement (Mosaic Network, MyGeneration…)
- Educational trips
At Westminster City School, we celebrate diversity through languages. Many pupils speak a second language at home and we encourage them to take exams in those languages.
Last year five students took the AS exam in their home language and got outstanding results:
Timur Romanov- Russian A*
Mershad Abdollaei – Persian A
Zainab Al-Saedy – Arabic B
Brandon Alvarez- Spanish B
Pedro Goncalves- Portuguese B
Home languages available at GCSE:
Biblical Hebrew; Classical Greek; Dutch; Gujarati; Latin; Persian; Portuguese; Turkish; French; German; Spanish; Bengali; Italian; Panjabi; Urdu; Modern Hebrew; Polish; Arabic; Chinese; Italian; Japanese; Modern Greek; Russian; Afrikaans – First Language; Afrikaans – Second Language; Arabic - First Language; Arabic – Foreign Language; Bangladesh Studies; Chinese (Mandarin) – Foreign Language; Chinese – First Language.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education:
Czech – First Language; Dutch – First Language; Dutch – Foreign Language; English – First Language; English – Literature; English - Second Language; Hindi as a Second Language; Indonesian – Foreign Language; IsiZulu as a Second Language; Japanese – First Language; Japanese – Foreign Language; Korean (First Language); Latin; Malay – Foreign Language; Pakistan Studies; Russian – First Language; Thai – First Language.
Home languages available at A Level:
Arabic; Bangladesh Studies; Bengali; Burmese; English Language; French; German; Gujarati; Hindi; Islamiyat; Nepali; Pakistan Studies; Panjabi; Setswana; Sinhala; Tamil; Thai; Urdu, Urdu – First Language, Urdu – Second Language – Pakistan only