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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language

At Henry Cavendish we celebrate the diverse range of cultures, languages and religions represented by our pupils, their families and communities. We aim to provide a caring, happy and stimulating environment for all children, including those with English as Additional Language. The term EAL (English as an Additional Language) is used when referring to pupils whose main language at home is a language other than English. 40.5% of our pupils are EAL learners. We have 64 different languages spoken at our school. Polish, Urdu and French are the most widely spoken.


At Henry Cavendish we aim to work together to meet the full range of needs of these children and their families, ensuring they all feel valued in the Henry Cavendish community. Support is offered at a range of levels and individual needs are taken into account. It is important to us that we support both children who are new to English and those who are more advanced EAL learners, but may need extra support to fully access the curriculum.


Depending on the level of need, pupils are offered weekly individual or small group lessons in speaking, listening, reading and writing and more advanced EAL learners are offered curriculum support both in class and in withdrawal groups.


In addition, we support our wider school community through the provision of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Family Learning Workshops.  To find out more about making the most of these opportunities, please see the links below. 

We are proud of our diversity and delight in celebrating our school community through our annual International Evening, a fun and vibrant summer event which is held at our Streatham site. Find out more about International Evening using the link below.