English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language

Wellington School welcomes students from overseas with sufficient proficiency in English to enable them to learn effectively in this country.

Lower School: Years 7 and 8

General English Language lessons are provided in place of a Modern Foreign Language for students working in English as an Additional Language, for students in the Lower School. Emphasis is placed on key communication skills, such as Speaking and Listening, although Grammar, Writing and Reading Comprehension skills are essential elements of the programme.

Upper School: Years 9-11

For students in the Upper School, there are English Language and Study Skills lessons provided as part of the timetable. These lessons address General English skills, as well as the necessary Study Skills to enable students to achieve their best from their GCSE studies.

Sixth Form

There is a Sixth Form programme of study to prepare students for the IELTS examination enabling them to meet the English Language Entry requirements of UK and overseas universities. These lessons are normally taught 1-1, although group lessons may be more appropriate at our discretion.


Lessons in English as an Additional Language are provided throughout the whole of the Senior School, for those students who could benefit from developing their English for studying in the UK. Students whom we feel could improve their language and study skills are identified by our Initial English Language Assessment at the beginning of the academic year. Lessons in Years 7-11 are generally conducted in small groups or pairs. Occasionally, one-to-one lessons may be appropriate. Lessons take place in the EAL Department. Much of the teaching follows internationally-recognised English Language Examination programmes, such as Cambridge IELTS, PET, KET and First Certificate in English, and where appropriate, students may be helped to prepare to sit these valuable examinations at an authorised centre. Charges are applicable to some programmes (see information about Fees).