An international school has
been opened in Coventry for children coming to live in the city who
cannot speak English.
The teenagers are given a
crash course in the unit at Barr’s Hill School and Community College
in Radford Road, Radford, before moving into mainstream lessons at a
school near their home.
Many of the children who are
being given help are in families of asylum seekers and come from
countries such as Kosovo, Albania and Afghanistan.
But the course is designed for
any youngster who needs help with their English before they can start
to get a full education.
A similar school for younger
children has been running for some time at Hearsall Primary School in
Bristol Road, Earlsdon.
The secondary section has only
recently started, and Barr’s Hill headteacher Robin Brabban said it
has been a huge success.
Mr Brabban said:
“There’s been a backlog
of children whose English is not quite good enough to get them in
“The teaching is very
intensive as we hope to move them on within a term.
“Once they have improved
they go to a secondary school that is near their home, but it is
easier to group them all together for this kind of teaching.”
Although the specialist
section is separate from the main school activities, Mr Brabban said
the other pupils had taken to their foreign guests very well.
children here are very good at welcoming people and at lunchtime
they all mix well in the canteen.”