***Our diverse community is enriched by students and staff from manycountries speaking a multitude of languages***
Who We Are:
There are currently four members of the EMA team based in the Mansion at the heart of the school. The team includes two EMA Learning Mentors, Gillian Andrews and Frances Walshaw, a Bilingual Curriculum Support Worker, Khawar Ahmad and an Educational Teaching Assistant, Asim Tebraze.
Our Diverse Community:
Amazingly at Royds Hall we have students and staff from at least 30 countires speaking about 25 different languages. Our students come from all over the world, ranging from Algeria to Austria, from Scotland to Sri Lanka, from Poland to Pakistan and from England to Eritrea!! This is the context within which the EMA Department works.
What We Do:
Our role within school is wide ranging - welcoming international new arrivals and their families into school, supporting students in class, linking with other departments to promote cultural diversity, organising community activities and making sure that all our students reach their potential through the use of newly acquired language and their heritage language.
We also help develop social and communication skills in order that students can form friendships and take an active part in the day-to-day life of the school and the community. We support students with their homework during lunchtime and after school and provide a link between home and school. Our aim is always to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where students are encouraged to do their best.
“There are harmonious relationships between students of all ethnic heritages and their awareness of different cultures is good.” - Ofsted, Nov 2008