English as an Additional Language
Supporting the high achievement of our international students
The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it.
We have EAL learners across the School and support them with their language learning, academic study and confidence. They are highly valued and encouraged to participate in all School activities. We encourage celebration of the culture of EAL students and view diversity as an important element of life at St Margaret’s.
EAL lessons take place during and after school. One-to-one lessons are offered to provide support to those who may need it the most. Lessons are interactive and engaging with great focus on speaking and grammar. Our experienced EAL teachers instill confidence in pupils and give them the tools they need to excel in their English language acquisition skills.
“Many of our EAL students are high achievers, it's just the language barrier that hinders them and that's what we want them to overcome, to be able to jump over those hurdles and really zoom forward”
In the Senior School, pupils are offered the opportunity in Year 10 to embark on the IGCSE Cambridge English as a Second Language programme which results in an internationally recognised qualification.
Our Sixth Formers are provided with lessons to prepare them for the Academic IELTS which is an entry requirement for the majority of UK universities. These lessons focus on academic reading, listening, writing and speaking, and aim to significantly enhance the pupil’s vocabulary bank.
We will also support our students in obtaining qualifications in their own heritage language to add to their record of achievements.
20 minutes with... Aryaa Desai
21st June 2021
A Year 7 trip to the European Space Centre in Belgium sparked an interest in all things ‘space’ for Aryaa Desai, who left St Margaret’s in July 2020 and has just completed her first year studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London.Read Now
The Business of Fashion
11th June 2021
At the tender age of just 5, Sohni, now a St Margaret’s Year 8 pupil, joined Little Hands, a fashion club in Finchley. Whilst other 5 year olds were learning to ride a bike or at a dance class, Sohni was at her sewing machine creating her very first clothing collection.Read Now
Last Day of School......Ever!!!
8th June 2021
“We are incredibly sad to be saying goodbye to this year group and we will miss their characteristic warmth, resilience and good humour. It has not been an easy two years but they have continued to achieve great successes during this time.”Read Now