EAL (English as an Additional Language) applies to all children for whom English is not their first language.

Our EAL department offers support to all children from Pre-School to Year 8.

We are especially proud to be able to offer specialist EAL support to our youngest pupils from the very start of their Edge Grove journey in our Pre-School (Nursery for ages 3-4 years).

At Edge Grove we offer support for a wide range of EAL needs, from those who have just arrived in England with little or no understanding of the language, to those who are fluent at communicating verbally in English but whose written expression is not at the same level as a native speaker.

We strive to help pupils improve their academic English so that they flourish in all areas of school life at Edge Grove – academic, co-curricular but also socially and in boarding.

We provide highly specialised and intensive tuition in 1:1 sessions, small groups or a combination of both which is tailored to each individual child. The EAL lessons focus on improving academic and social vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and writing skills as well as preparation for 11+ and 13+ exams.

Our aim is to ensure that the child’s transition into a senior school is smooth and that our pupils are well prepared for dealing with demands of further education.