(English as an additional language or New to English)
All children need a developed grasp of English to be able to learn and enjoy the life of the school. As part of our commitment to ‘every child as an individual’ we ensure that those children who join our team with no English or gaps in their English are given the tools they need to succeed in their learning.

After all- they have already learnt one language fluently and deserve the chance to be equally successful in learning their second one!

Meet the Team

Jody Haynes
EAL & Equality Lead

Olja Bojanic
MFL Lead and Refugee Ambassador

Laura Wheatley
Equality Champion, KS1 & KS2 EAL assessment
& intervention practitioner

Helen Marshall
EYFS EAL assessment & intervention practitioner

BELL Foundation Assessments

When children arrive in our school, we undertake a Bell Assessment to profile their existing skill with Language and identify the stage of provision needed to quickly get them fluent and confident in English.Children will be assessed against the Bell Foundation Primary Assessment framework to identify which band of fluency they are working within.


To see the full document please click on the button below

For further information please see : www.bellfoundation.org.uk/

Racing to English

Once a child’s band of fluency has been identified, we use the ‘Racing to English’ program to support them in moving through the remaining stages to secure confident, fluent spoken, read and written English.

Please click on the buttons below to see the overview documents for stages 1-3 of the Racing to English program

First Language Assessments

Wherever possible we source an adult to do a first language assessment for children who arrive with English as their second language who are not yet proficient in English.

Within our school we have staff who speak a range of languages eg:

  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Polish
  • Urdu

Where we have a child join the school with a home language that is not represented in our staff body we work collaboratively with schools in the Leeds Learning Alliance to access staff from other settings that can complete the assessment in a wider range of ‘home’ languages.


Healing Classrooms

We use the evidence based Healing Classrooms training for the whole team to ensure that children transferring into school who have had early traumatic experiences. Please see the Safeguarding and Wellbeing pages for further information.