Queen’s has a long history of welcoming overseas pupils from a variety of countries and we place great value on the contribution these students make to the school community. Pupils from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Spain, among others, have attended Queen’s College and achieve excellent grades at GCSE and A level with many securing places at top universities in Britain and worldwide.
Overseas pupils are integrated into the mainstream school and boarding houses so that they have a true experience of life at an English boarding school. They learn to interact with the other pupils and teachers gaining an irreplaceable immersion in the language and culture.
EAL pupils follow a general English course and take the Cambridge P.E.T. (Preliminary English Test ) in year 9 followed by the Cambridge iGCSE in English as a Second Language in Year 11. Sixth formers prepare for the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System) a world recognised exam which is essential for university study in UK and other countries. They are taught in small groups using a range of resources which enables excellent progress in all four skills. The EAL staff have a rich and varied experience of teaching international students and this understanding, as well as a dedication to nurture their talents, is crucial in guiding the pupils in their progress. The EAL department also supports pupils in their subject work as necessary and liaises closely with subject teachers both to ensure efficient and appropriate support and to assess progress.
Pupils are encouraged to be active in clubs and activities after school and at the weekend to widen their experience and to benefit fully from the many and varied opportunities available to them. There is a very active International Student Group which organises an International Week and many other trips and activities during the year to raise all students awareness of diverse cultures as well as to add a further richness to life at Queen’s. The EAL department also arranges trips to local places of interest to help broaden pupils' cultural experience of living in the UK.