If you find yourself saying ‘But I can’t speak English…’, try adding the word ‘…yet’ – Jane Revell and Susan Norman

Head of Department: Lucy Simcox

Windlesham welcomes children from around the world, and in ESOL we aim to improve their English skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and systems (lexis, pronunciation, grammar and discourse). Vibrant and inspiring lessons motivate the children, with activities, games and exercises to reinforce their learning. We make full use of modern technology including ipads to enhance the experience.  ESOL is fun!

We support and help the children as they take part in the day-to-day life of the school.  Teaching small groups of children means that we are able to respond specifically to each child’s needs.  The department also often provides one-to-one teaching, and each child has the opportunity to flourish in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where children can practise their English skills and obtain extra support. We encourage the children to learn English at a fast pace so that they can excel in CE and go to their first choice of senior school.  As children progress through the school, we also offer support in other subjects; for example, helping with Geography or History revision. Windlesham gains excellent results in Cambridge ESOL examinations as well.

ESOL organises a number of trips for the children and we see this as a very important part of the ESOL experience. We go out as a group to local places of interest and take part in activities as diverse as archery and pond dipping. The children love these visits and finding out about the area, and have produced wonderful written work as a result.  Recent trips have been to the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Arundel.

It is very important to us that children who come to the school from a non-English speaking background start to communicate as soon as possible. This happens quickly, as children make friends and join in Windlesham life. We work on improving grammatical accuracy as the children gain confidence with fluency, and our goal is for each child to function happily in classroom and social situations.

We offer an intensive English course on a short stay basis (4 weeks in the summer). 

Short Stay Programme 2019

In order to best accommodate the needs of your child, we have set up a uniquely tailored programme for them for the last 4 weeks of the summer term at Windlesham. The course is for children aged 9 to 12 (in Years 5, 6 and 7). The children will be in one of two ESOL (English For Speakers of Other Languages) classes, split by age. These ESOL classes will provide at least 15 hours each week of classroom learning time in all aspects of the English language – reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, lexis and discourse.

We aim to improve levels of spoken and written English by facilitating communicative and interactive lessons. Children will have ample opportunity to build upon their existing knowledge and to practise the receptive and productive skills which make up written and spoken communication.

The learning atmosphere is very important and we aim to provide classes where children can be focused and relaxed in order to achieve optimum success. Our lessons are planned to respond to the needs of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners, and are pitched so that we can extend the more able learners and support those who are new to the language.

Our working day would typically include some kind of grammatical presentation and practice, a reading or listening comprehension, communicative activities such as role play, problem-solving exercises, a pronunciation or lexical workshop and a text-based element – précising a story, writing a report etc. We vary the tone, pitch and focus of our lessons with plenty of time to revise and practise new structures, functions and vocabulary.

The children will also benefit from lessons delivered by other practitioners (in English) for example: cookery, outdoor education, art, swimming, music and ICT. There will be trips to local places of interest looking at history, science, sport, nature and wildlife. These topics and will form the basis of the project work. Of course, we realise how important it is for your child to integrate with our current pupils and, to this end for the rest of the day they will join our permanent pupils for games, activities, meals, free time and dorm time.

New for 2019! Over the weekend of Friday 21st June, they will enjoy a weekend of organised activities at PGL in Surrey. This will include climbing, abseiling, raft building and arts and crafts. For more details go to: PGL weekend

There will be lots of opportunity for your child to form friendships and enjoy all that Windlesham has to offer!


Deposit: £250

£1,435 per week (including school trips and excursions) 4 weeks from Monday 10th June to Saturday 6th July 2019

Please email us for more details: admissions@windlesham.com

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