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English as an additional language

Great Yarmouth has a diverse population, and there are currently around 200 pupils at the academy who have English as an additional language - around a quarter of our students.

Between them they speak more than a dozen languages, with the Portuguese, Lithuanian, and Slovakian among the most popular.

Our EAL Department supports students whose first language is not English, working to ensure our students are able to access the curriculum and to achieve their potential.

We use a range of techniques, matched to the individual pupil, to provide help and support. These include:

  • Withdrawal groups: small groups of students who are taken out of a mainstream lesson for EAL lessons with a specialist teacher.
  • In-class support: supporting from a learning support assistant within a mainstream classroom.
  • Additional support: help with homework, work experience placement planning, and college applications.
  • Community language examinations: supporting students to take a GCSE in their own language 
  • Cultural and community trips: recent trips include a tour of London, a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads and a guided tour of Norwich City Football Club.