The goal of the ESOL department in King’s Ely Junior is to provide students with the tools in English to succeed and flourish in the main school curriculum.

Students who follow the Junior International curriculum will take a minimum of eight lessons of dedicated English which is tailored to each student’s level of English, ability and individual learning plan. In addition to personalised support for each student and a focus on all key skills, the course includes work on developing academic writing skills, skimming and scanning skills to tackle lengthy academic texts, and a focus on correcting ingrained grammar issues. The small class sizes mean each student receives a highly personal experience and progresses quickly.

At the end of the academic year, students usually take a University of Cambridge ESOL examination appropriate to their level, which they are prepared for by experienced practitioners. Students typically improve by two levels on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) over the course of their first academic year.