My child does not speak any English – how will he or she cope? How long will it be before he or she is fluent in English?
Our teachers and support staff are very experienced at helping pupils with little or no English to settle quickly and happily. They will make sure that your child plays games with his classmates that develop vocabulary and fluency and our small class sizes mean that the staff can give your child a great deal of attention. Many of our pupils have experienced joining school with little English and are very welcoming and helpful. A programme of EAL will be organised, in conjunction with a Mother Tongue programme, which allows your child to have the vocabulary in their own language from which to develop their command of the English language.
Will my child be able to transition back into their school in their home country without a problem?
Yes, we will liaise with the school in preparation for your child’s move and make sure that they have covered the necessary concepts to ensure a smooth transition. Our Mother Tongue Programme ensures that pupils do not lose their fluency and ability to read and write in their own language.
Will all my child’s good friends leave every year?
No, unusually for an international school the Cambridge International School has a pretty stable population. Whereas each class may have two or three children who are with us for a limited period, lots of families are settled in Cambridge and intend to stay for the duration of their child’s education.
Do the pupils who are not fluent in English hold the English-speaking pupils back?
No. Pupils arriving with little or no English are given a concentrated programme of EAL to develop their language as quickly as possible. The classes they are immersed in are taken through their lessons at their usual pace and all pupils are tested to ensure that they are being challenged or extended at the optimum pace.
Is the IGCSE considered as acceptable as the GCSE when pupils move on to further education?
Yes. Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges throughout the UK and in many parts of the world accept the IGCSE. It is widely considered to be more intellectually rigorous than the GCSE and therefore as providing a better platform for A level or International Baccalaureate.