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English as an Additional Language

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About 20% of our pupils are international students from approximately 25 countries. 

We are committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources if English is an additional language for your son. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department will identify his needs at the earliest opportunity and ensure that he is able to use English confidently and competently across the curriculum.

Assessing needs

The Head of EAL liaises with the Head of the Faculty of Support for Learning, the two other members of the EAL department, and other academic departments to support your son’s needs. He will be assessed by the Head of Department, who will establish what prior subject knowledge and experience he has in other subjects. 

Personalised support

Your son will receive a programme tailored to meet his needs, including small group or one-to-one support. His class/subject teachers will plan collaboratively with EAL focusing on both language and subject content. To ensure he is doing as well as he can, your son’s progress and attainment as an EAL learner will be closely monitored. We appreciate that your son’s conceptual thinking may be in advance of his ability to speak English. That is why we make certain the cognitive challenge remains appropriately high and is not reduced because the English language demand has been reduced.

School News

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Boys outside National Portrait Gallery

Last week III Form boys were off to the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh to practise the Spanish vocabulary they had been learning this year outside of the classroom. 

Roland - Brit Schools National Champion

The Golf Academy were recently competing in the British Schools National Finals at Belton Woods Golf Club, Lincolnshire. Merchiston finished 5th out of 17 teams in the UK. 

General George meeting pupils

Merchiston was delighted to hosted Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Randy George, on 7th May for the 78th Kermit Roosevelt Lecture in the beautiful setting off our Memorial Hall.

CanSat group

Before the Easter Holidays, two Merchiston CanSat teams attended the regional launch at Strathaven Airfield.

Chemistry Olympiad

Five Merchiston students took part in the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad and achieved a Bronze, Silver and Gold certificate between them.

A F Steadman with pupils outside memorial hall

We were delighted to welcome A F Steadman, author of the award-winning Skandar series to celebrate the launch of the third instalment of the collection, Skandar and The Chaos Trials.