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English as an Additional Language

We embrace the rich diversity of our community and work together to ensure everyone is valued. Some of our families have English as an additional language. The Department for Education (DfE) records a pupil as using EAL if ‘they are exposed to a language at home that is known or believed to be other than English. This represents a considerable proportion of our school population.  Our EAL learners are an asset to our school and our community. We encourage children to share experiences and cultures from other countries and bring an international perspective, helping their peers understand different cultures, people and points of view. The skills and needs of pupils with EAL are assessed and appropriate provision is provided according to their needs. We use a range of different strategies to support children as they develop fluency for the English language. 


Translating the Website

If you would like the website to be translated for you, please click on the top righthand 'world' icon to choose the language you need. 


English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) 

If English isn't your main language, you can work through a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL or English for Speakers of other Languages. Improving your English will make it easier to: talk to teachers, understand the curriculum and homework. The Hub in Altrincham runs ESOL courses. If the course is full there are several other locations in Trafford where you can do the course. Please follow the link to register your interest.



Download these short, easy to understand guides for some of our most commonly used first languages. They provide guidance for parents on how to get involved in school life and to help their child to learn. Please contact school if you have any questions you would like to ask about the curriculum or any other matter. 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
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