We have many pupils from a variety of different nationalities within our school family and pride ourselves on being regarded as one of the leading schools in the area for our EAL provision.Our aim is simple: to ensure that each pupil coming to join us at Trinity, for which English is not their birth language, reaches his/her potential both academically and socially within the college.

We work closely with the local authorities in Middlesbrough so that principal EAL workers in the school have access to enough background information to ensure all pupils are treated with a sensitivity which respects the sometimes traumatic and emotional journey from their homeland. The local authorities provide us with funding and specialised teaching assistance whether it be in a classroom setting or on a one-to-one basis. Pupils are provided with bi-lingual dictionaries, some qualify for extra exam concessions and teaching staff have access to specialist training and advice whenever they need it.

Our EAL Entry Protocol ensures a smooth integration into Trinity Catholic College, covering both the practical admissions procedure and the social aspect such as providing a buddy for each EAL pupil. Placing pupils within the mainstream system in school is subject to rigorous analysis by the pastoral and other relevant staff so that each pupil is given the best possible starting point.

All EAL pupils are assessed for language skills prior to starting at Trinity during the initial meeting with parents. After a settling in period the specialised EAL Team work closely to ensure that ‘every child matters’, enabling the pupils to have a smooth and reassuring integration into the Trinity community.

All EAL pupils are monitored continually throughout their school career not only in the usual mainstream process but by the EAL Manager so that support and relevant help can be disseminated where needed. The College has a dedicated EAL Liaison Officer who not only supports pupils in class but is on hand to assist the pastoral staff in caring for our EAL pupils.

Trinity Catholic College is regarded by the Black & Minority Ethnic/Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Team as a leading school for EAL pupils and their welfare is of paramount importance. We have over eighty pupils from other countries and more than 20 languages are spoken. EAL pupils play an important part in the extra-curricular life of the school where they are able to display their many talents and achievements.

Perhaps we should let the pupils speak for themselves. During a survey of EAL pupils’ views, all said they enjoyed school and appreciate the help and support teachers gave them and particularly liked the fact that staff tried to give them work suited to their language skills.