Students whose first language is not English are offered support by the dedicated EAL (English as an Additional Language) department.  The department has three teachers, all of whom hold an additional TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification (post graduate).  It is expected that students joining the school will have sufficient grasp of English that will allow them to access the full academic curriculum.

Students with EAL requirements receive support mainly one-to-one, but can also have lessons (where appropriate) in small groups.  In-class support, where it is felt to be necessary or especially beneficial, is also offered.  These lessons take place during private study periods; students are never withdrawn from academic lessons. Typically, students will receive two EAL lessons per week, but this depends on their individual need.

All sixth form students are required to take lessons to prepare them for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test.  This helps to prepare all students for further academic study in higher education.  It also fulfils the requirement that most universities have for an English Language qualification should a student come to Bedales for the sixth form without English (I)GCSE.  EAL students sit at least 9 GCSEs and most expect to enter higher education in an English speaking country.

There is an additional charge for EAL lessons.

For more information please contact the Head of EAL, Jo Mayhook-Walker

International admissions

Bedales welcomes enquiries from international students for entry to Bedales School (13-18 years) and Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst (8-13 years). More information.

Overseas visits

Bedales teaching and admissions staff visit a number of countries throughout the year to meet prospective students and their families. More information.