English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The Henry Beaufort School is a diverse, international community with over fifteen different languages spoken by its staff and students.
On average, 50 students use English as an Additional Language (EAL), with many coming from Nepal and linked with the Ghurkha Regiment based in Winchester. Other students come from a broad range of countries and backgrounds, including Fiji, Thailand, South Africa, China, Brazil, Poland, France, Spain, and Europe.
Levels of proficiency in English vary enormously. Some students have completed all or most of their schooling in English, while other students are in the early stages of learning the language. As part of Henry Beaufort School’s commitment to include and encourage all students to excel, all our teaching staff receive training on how to teach, monitor, and assess bilingual students. For New Arrivals, language proficiency in both their home language and English are assessed to determine whether intervention and support is required in lessons. Staff are made aware of students who may struggle with the academic language required to access the curriculum.
The Henry Beaufort School works closely with Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller's Achievement Service (HEMTAS), a countywide service which aims to support schools and families across Hampshire in raising Ethnic Minority achievement. This is done through bilingual assistance, projects such as the Young Interpreter Scheme, and ongoing training and support. The School also has a learning support assistant specifically for students with EAL and helps both in and out of the classroom with EAL students and matters. Our students who have English as an additional language have performed well across the board, both in class and in GCSE examinations due to early intervention and support when required. Students with EAL and bilingual students are also encouraged to take GCSE or A level examinations early in their first language where possible.
For any further information or assistance with EAL students, please contact:
Mrs Y Hallett:
Call 01962880073 Extension 232
Alternatively, you can find out more information about the Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (HEMTAS) by visiting www3.hants.gov.uk/education/ema.htm