Horizon Community College has a rapidly-growing, significant and diverse EAL student population, which is a new trend within Barnsley MBC. Our ethos promotes a welcoming, inclusive, safe and stress-free environment within College and the students’ bilingualism (and sometimes multilingualism) is recognised as a positive part of their intellectual development.

We provide additional opportunities for the students to use their home language to support their learning and development of English together with promoting British Values.


If you would like to know more about our EAL offer, or you are a school EAL lead and would like support developing your provision then contact info@horizoncc.co.uk

Introduction to English

EAL students are initially assessed for their English language ability using the Oxford Online Placement Test. Individual plans are subsequently put in place for appropriate, targeted language support if the assessment identifies a specific need. EAL students are taught by a specialised team following the Headway English course.
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New Arrivals
All new arrivals including refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from overseas have the right to enjoy a welcoming, inclusive, safe and stress-free environment within College. Horizon Community College promotes a cohesive, inclusive admissions process and a common induction programme to ensure they settle swiftly and engage fully in the College community.
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Review Meeting

EAL induction review meeting are arranged with parents/carers, School Team and EAL Co-ordinator 6-8 weeks after the new arrival has started. The review meeting is to ensure an effective home-school partnership is established, tackle any anxieties and assess the student’s further needs.

GCSE Information

BoardLanguageExam (year)
AQABengaliFrom 2019
AQAChinese (Mandarin)From 2019
AQAGerman From 2019
AQAHebrew (Biblical) + Hebrew (Modern)From 2019
AQAItalianFrom 2019
AQAPanjabiFrom 2019
AQAPolishFrom 2019
AQAUrduFrom 2019
EdexcelArabicFrom 2019
EdexcelHebrew (Biblical)From 2020
EdexcelChineseFrom 2019
EdexcelGreekFrom 2019
EdexcelGujaratiFrom 2020
EdexcelItalianFrom 2019
EdexcelJapaneseFrom 2019
EdexcelPersianFrom 2020
EdexcelPortugueseFrom 2020
EdexcelRussianFrom 2019
EdexcelTurkishFrom 2020
EdexcelUrduFrom 2019