St Gregory the Great is a multicultural, multilingual school. Almost 45% of our students speak one or more languages other than English. They come from approximately 50 countries around the world and speak approximately 80 different languages. Our staff too is also multilingual, speaking 25 languages as first languages in addition to English. This great diversity means that we often have students arriving from other countries for a variety of reasons. Some come for a short time with parents who have been posted; others come to make new lives. This diversity also means that St Gregory needs and has a strong EAL Department.
The EAL Resource Base
Students who arrive in a new country have to deal with a new culture and a new language. They need both pastoral and language support at school in order to begin the process of acculturation and formal education. In the EAL Department our aim is to decrease the stress of transition, and to integrate students into our school community.
Students are able to sit GCSE and A Level exams in their first languages, if they wish. Please speak to the Exams Officer Mrs Conway, who will advise you on costs and will book the exam for you.
Once a week after school ten A* Sixth Formers from Magdalen College School come to St Gregory the Great to support the learning of our EAL students, and also to help them have fun by playing educational games. In this way, learning and social skills are developed by their peers.