Because we recognise the needs of international students studying for the first time in the UK, we, at our International School, have an outstanding team of nine English as an Additional language teachers who are extremely well qualified (DELTA or above) and know exactly how to help students develop their academic language skills. These teachers support and training our other subject teachers so the structure, pace and design of the lessons specially meets your needs.
Common issues for international students joining British schools
Joining a British school and going straight into a class with British students can be a challenging experience for international students. We have an outstanding team of nine English as an Additional language teachers who are extremely well qualified (DELTA or above) and know exactly how to help students develop their academic language skills. These teachers support and training our other subject teachers so the structure, pace and design of the lessons specially meets your needs.
- You might not have studied the same topics as British students.
- You may not have studied in the same way – for example, you may not be familiar with the way subjects are tested in the UK.
- Your academic English may not be strong enough yet to do well in exams or to allow you to join in lessons fully.
- You may not be aware of British culture and society making it difficult to fit in.
As a result you may find you do not make the progress you could have done had you been properly prepared. You may develop your day to day conversation skills by talking with British students but your academic English and your progress in your studies may suffer. In some British schools you might even find yourself in the year below the one you should be in because of your language skills. And in many cases the schools and their teachers will not have the expertise needed to help students for whom English is not their first language.
We design the curriculum so that it prepares you well for the next stage of their studies by developing the right study skills required in the UK and giving you the subject knowledge to choose the right subjects for GCSE or A level. We give you the advice and guidance they need to make the right subject and career choices
We introduce you to British culture and society so you can feel part of the country you are studying in. We help you adjust to the cultural differences and also cope with changes in the way you are expected to study and the way you are assessed.
You will be studying with other international students so that everyone is in the same position. This helps develop a good community spirit and provides an environment where everyone is working together towards the same aim. In lessons you will feel able to ask questions, to say if you do not understand and you will not be worried about asking for help. You will also benefit from a global perspective learning from others all over the world and providing insights that are that in invaluable to your future career.
Be ready to succeed
International students leave d’Overbroeck’s ready to succeed at the next stage:
You will have the skills and qualifications to go on to leading schools and universities and show what you can really do!
You will have the confidence and language skills to play an important role in the life of their next school able to lead in debates and activities.
Taking the time to prepare for the next stage is an important investment that makes sure international students are fully prepared and can go on to great success.