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Linguistic Support


Welcome to the Newcomer Department

  • Newcomer support staff provide a range of support depending on the needs of Newcomers.
  • Support may include:
  • One–to–one withdrawal support
  • Group withdrawal support
  • Subject class support
  • Curriculum and pastoral support


Staff in the Department:

  • Newcomer Coordinator: Miss Shanks
  • Newcomer Support Staff: Mrs Dillon, Mrs Johnson, Mr Kafaliev, Mrs Maybury, Mrs Spasova


What will you learn in Years 8 – 12?

  • Upon first arrival to school students complete bench marking assessments on reading, writing, talking and listening.
  • These results ascertain the level of English the student has and how they can be appropriately supported with their learning.
  • Each student will show progress with their English language including spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.
  • Depending on capability of the student and time of arrival in the school year the following curriculum may be offered in Year 11/12:
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Entry Level Science
  • Entry Level Maths/ Essential Skills
  • Futures Project


What equipment will you need?

  • Basic equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, colouring pencils and calculator)
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Electronic device such as computer/tablet/mobile for use of translation app (not essential but useful for learning purposes)


What do we expect from your homework?

  • Homework is intended to consolidate your learning from school. Homework also shows parents and carers how your standard of English is improving.
  • If a pupil attends extra support withdrawals homework is given on a regular basis. It is used to reinforce the learning completed in your withdrawal lesson.
  • The Newcomer Department expects every student to work to the best of their ability. By adopting a good routine of home learning this will help improve your standard of English at a quicker rate.
  • School also provides a Homework Club afterschool for extra support.


13th Mar 2020
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