English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our aim is to equip every student with the confidence and language skills to access all subjects across the curriculum and to participate fully in the life of the school.
On arrival in the Secondary School, EAL students benefit from a programme of study and support designed to meet their individual language learning needs. This may include intensive curriculum-based English teaching in a small group. Liaison with the Modern Languages Faculty ensures that mother tongue development and further language learning are also catered for.
Throughout Years 7-11, EAL is available as a timetabled subject focussing on continued English language development for academic study. Throughout these years, and into Year 12 and 13, homework clubs, in-class support and tailored study groups further guarantee support for students.
Additional Educational Needs (AEN)
Every student’s personal progress is important to us, and we firmly believe in helping our students achieve their best. Additional support is provided throughout BSB for those students who experience a range of learning differences.
In Secondary School, AEN support is focused primarily on the development of literacy and numeracy skills, curriculum support, study skills, time management and organisation. Support is also given with homework and class assignments across the curriculum. After a teacher, student or parent identifies a possible need for additional support, the AEN team works together to identify the specific needs of the student and if applicable, develop a programme of support in consultation with parents and teachers. The majority of students who have been assessed as requiring support do not study a second foreign language, although they do learn French. In place of a second additional language, they are taught within small groups for three lessons per week in Years 7-9 and 2.5 hours per week in Years 10-11. In addition, in-class support is provided where appropriate. Students in Years 12-13 receive study support and individual programmes from Learning Mentors. Some younger students are also provided with a Learning Mentor, based on their individual needs.
Progress is reviewed regularly and decisions concerning continuation of support are made after consultation with subject teachers, Head of Year, the Additional Educational Needs Department, parents and students.
At BSB, we challenge all students to go further. Rather than ‘hot-housing’ certain individuals, we provide many opportunities for students to achieve, shine and develop regardless of ability. By learning together, we inspire success and aspire to bring out the best in one another.
Our expectations of students, academically and personally, are high. In order to achieve this, learning is differentiated so that all students are challenged appropriately and given the opportunity to excel. Students can reach these heights in a variety of ways; for example, by taking modern language examinations earlier; through banding and setting in French, Mathematics and latterly Science; through their option subjects and via three post-16 courses which allow students to find their best route to higher education according to their needs, ability and strengths. Students have a wealth of opportunity through a wide range of events, activities and trips to develop their qualities.
Students are encouraged constantly to be the best they can be and to aim high.