• Calder Walk, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1SA

 E.A.L Quality Mark


In November 2018 we were proud to be awarded the Gold E.A.L. Quality Mark. At Sydenham, we were evaluated on our school's ability to give all learners the opportunity for rapid and sustained improvement and to deliver an inclusive curriculum which promotes language development alongside learning.  Our school was examined across three key areas: leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; and working with parents and the community.

Here's what our assessor said:

Dear staff and pupils at Sydenham Primary School,
Thank you very much for my visit to your school yesterday. I was very impressed by the way your school supports and challenges all pupils coming to the school with English as an additional language. The data you provided show that the children with EAL are successful and confident learners. The school is clearly a beacon of good practice in the area.
This was a very well organised visit. I saw some excellent practice which is so obviously embedded in everyone's work. The Gold award is only given where the school can demonstrate that supporting pupils with EAL is part of a successful whole school culture of teaching and learning, leadership and working with parents.
Sara Mclaughlin

Reading with Your Bi-lingual Child

French from Sydenham Primary School on Vimeo.

Reading with Your Bi-lingual Child

  • Find a quiet place and time to share a book with your child
  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story.
  • Use your hands and face as well as your voice – your child will love to see you smiling.
  • Use animal sounds like woof, growl and hoot – this will really help to bring the story to life.
  • Stories and rhymes can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in?
  • Don’t be shy, relax and enjoy – if you are having fun so will your child.
  • Ask your class teacher which books they are reading in the classroom and read the story at home in your home language.Your child will be able to learn the English vocabulary they hear in the stories more quickly if they can make links with words in their other languages.
  • Read books in your language. One free site is http://en.childrenslibrary.org/. You can get dual language books in your home language and English to help develop your child’s bilingual skills. Ask in school about dual language books.
  • Tell your child stories in your home language.
  • Listen to audio books or story CDs together.Borrow books and audio books from the library.
  • Look at ebooks together. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page/
  • Sing nursery rhymes and songs together: Listen to nursery rhymes in all of your languages: http://www.mamalisa.com/
  • Here are some top tips in your languages:

At the top and below are two of our parents sharing books with their children and using their home languages to help their children understand what they are reading:

Polish from Sydenham Primary School on Vimeo.