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English as a second language

Students arriving at St. Stephen’s without a strong background in English are supported by our specialist teachers. 

We liaise with parents and class teachers to ensure that all students have a happy, positive and successful entry into our school. We work with students until they can comfortably participate in the classroom. 

In Primary School

Students attend small withdrawal classes to learn basic vocabulary, grammar and phonics. Lessons are fun, interactive and give the students confidence to communicate in English. As students develop more English skills, the number of withdrawal lessons decreases and more individual support is given in the classroom.  

In Secondary School 

Students with limited proficiency in English are taught in withdrawal groups where teaching focuses on the language they will need in their subject lessons. They preview and consolidate the vocabulary and language forms from their mainstream classes. Students who have developed greater proficiency are supported in-class.