EAL (English as an additional language)


St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is a multi cultural school which celebrates the
rich and diverse experiences our pupils bring to school life. In our school, we value
each child as a unique individual.

We strive to meet the needs of all our children, and to ensure that we meet all
statutory requirements related to inclusion. All children in our school follow the
requirements of the National Curriculum. We strive hard to meet the needs of all
pupils learning English as an additional language and take all reasonable steps to
achieve this.

We have a number of students who need EAL support and our staff provide them
with the support and skills needed to participate fully in all areas of school life and to
make good progress.

We are committed to providing quality EAL teaching and recognise that all EAL
pupils have a different starting point. Teaching and learning throughout the school is
therefore supported by a clear tracking system and targeted support using additional
resources. This results in pupils being successful and enjoying their learning.

We recognise that parents, families and carers play a key role in both the pastoral
and academic progress of EAL pupils and aim to foster an environment that is
welcoming to parents and members of the community that speak English as an
additional language. We do this through visual displays reflecting community
languages, translating written communications where appropriate, providing
interpreting where possible at key parent meetings and showing patience when
communicating with people struggling with English.

We have a Polish speaking member of staff, Miss Tynecka, who is available to meet
with parents/carers at a mutually convenient time.