Prospective pupils who do not have English as their first language may apply for a place at the School in the usual manner. Their assessment will include an online proficiency test and a written test of English language administered by the Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL).
In the event that they visit the School, they may engage in an informal interview with the Head of EAL, or with the Director of Boarding. Alternatively an interview may take place via Skype, if appropriate.
The results of these English language tests are considered alongside the normal entrance tests appropriate for the age level of entry in order to determine whether the pupil will be able to cope with studying in a second language at Loughborough Grammar School. Whilst every applicant is treated as an individual, we generally look for a minimum of A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for Years 7 & 8 entry; B1 for Year 9 entry; B2 for Y10 entry; and C1 for Lower Sixth (or a high B2 if the student is planning to study Maths and Sciences and scores well on these subject papers).
EAL pupils who are admitted to Loughborough Grammar School will be able to receive specialist help to enable them to access the mainstream curriculum. In addition, pupils may be prepared for exams, where appropriate, such as the Cambridge English Language Assessment examinations and IELTS. The fee for entering these examinations is charged to the end-of-term bill.
During new students’ early EAL lessons, further assessment, both overt and discreet, takes place. Subject teachers, tutors and Housemasters also monitor these students both in House and in the mainstream classroom. The Head of EAL may also carry out “shadowing” of new EAL pupils in order to better ascertain their English language needs in the mainstream classroom. Evidence of need for language support will lead to the student receiving group and/or individual EAL lessons.