Every pupil in outstanding primary school class speaks English as second language

The Mirror is reporting on Greet Primary School in Birmingham where 94% of pupils – and everyone in one class – speaks English as a second language…

Despite the challenge of 94.3% of pupils speaking an additional tongue, the mega primary is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has a waiting list in every year group.

Proud headteacher Emma Tyler said: “While the majority of our pupils arrive with little to no English, it’s our mission to seek achievement for all.

“We’re a school for the community and so everyone, staff, pupils and parents, works really hard to make the school what it is.”

The 859 pupils at Greet – as it’s affectionately known by parents and teachers alike –span from the 78 strong part-time nursery intake to the 90 children in year six who are preparing to move to secondary schools in September.

It takes 161 staff and 35 volunteers to help the children make the ‘outstanding progress’ from no spoken English and limited skills in other areas to reach ‘broadly average standards’ identified by Ofsted…

The school is led by two heads: Tyler and Sheenagh Edger who between them have 51 years of teaching experience and have spent 34 years at Greet.

They’re also served by an executive headteacher Pat Smart who oversees not just Greet but Conway Primary – a school previously in special measures that has improved to good since Greet took it under its wing.

While many schools have an English as an Addition Language (EAL) team, every teacher at the school is trained in the specialism…

More at: Every pupil in incredible primary school class speaks English as second language – and Ofsted rates it ‘outstanding’

 

Some interesting insights into some of the approaches taken by the school in the full article and sounds like a fantastic job is being done by all involved.

However, should we be surprised that a school with a near universal intake of children with EAL performs so well?

I know of several doing amazingly well and it strikes me they can perhaps form a stronger sense of community with – as the article suggests here – staff, pupils and parents working really hard together.

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