Buckswood was originally founded as an English school in the early part of the 20th century, but since the 1980s has been recognised across the world as a centre for internationalism. We have students from all continents on one campus, a truly global community, living together and learning from one another. Integral to an international student’s programme is English as a Second Language.
There are no minimum language requirements at Buckswood School – we have a range of courses and degrees of integration which are suited to the needs of the individual learner. In the Junior School, at GCSE and above we provide a higher number of ESL lessons for those who need them, and students study English with others of similar ability. We aim to ensure that all have a level of at least B1 by the end of Form 4 (Year 10), so that effective study at GCSE is a realistic possibility.
For lower level students it is possible to come to Buckswood to study an intensive English Language Programme from a month¹s duration to a year. This is particularly useful for those planning to take the 1-year GCSE course or to enter the Sixth Form. Formal language work is complemented by regular study visits and multi-media learning.
Each Buckswood EFL student is rigorously coached & monitored with regular progress tests. Our expert staff place each EFL student on a personal study path, targeting Cambridge Examinations as benchmarks of progress. Buckswood is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English.
Boarders at Buckswood enjoy an extensive weekend leisure programme. There are always activities to join in with and ‘town leave’ on a Saturday.
In addition to the leisure programme there are extra optional trips and excursions that may incur extra charges, which are subject to parental consent.
I have been a teacher for about 20 years in the UK and overseas and hold a Masters in Linguistics. In addition to my position as Head of EFL at Buckswood for the past 10 years, I am an examiner for IELTS and Principal Examiner for Cambridge Advanced.
The EFL programme at Buckswood is very much based around progressing up the ladder of the Common European Framework of reference for languages. The department prepares learners for the KET, PET and FCE exams ‘in school’, IGCSE in Form 5 and IELTS in the 6th form, which our international students need for application to university. Students are fully familiar with these exams, and motivation is high. Consequently, results are very good indeed – two girls currently hold the school record of 8.5
English UK is the official representing body for English-language Schools, colleges and universities in the UK, and is the only official UK association that submits to external inspection of its members.
Cambridge ESOL is a not-for-profit department of the University of
Cambridge. It is part of the Cambridge Assessment group, Europe’s largest assessment agency.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.