St John’s College Boarders make the most of their time at School
4th October 2013

St John’s College, an independent boarding school in Southsea UK, has 125 boarding students of which 58 come from overseas and as such are automatically entered on to the College’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme – a series of lessons which aim to improve students’ level of English, preparing them for the IELTS exam and higher education study.  New for this academic year the Science Department is offering additional classes to Year 10 and 11 boarding students to maximise time spent in school and to help improve their GCSE results.


Overseas students receive targeted support in Biology and Chemistry – helping them to succeed in areas other than Maths and Physics in which many are already well tutored. 


Classes take place for one hour on a Tuesday evening before Boarders’ private study time and provide an opportunity for students to conduct additional practical and experimental work in both Biology and Chemistry.  They will be taught through pictures as well as visual and kinaesthetic-based learning activities, which, as well as acting as revision, helps address their English language knowledge in science-related topics.  Students have the opportunity to study essay questions, in English, as well as structured exam review sessions.  All lessons are taught by the College’s Biology and Chemistry subject specialist teachers. 


Friends Elena and Christie study together.  Christie is from Hong Kong and currently in Year 11.  She said.  “Last week we learned about the characteristics of living things and today we are learning the difference between plant and animal cells.  Our teacher makes the subject easy to understand as he explains all the scientific terms to us.  I enjoy these extra classes.”  Brian Tam, also in Year 11 and from Hong Kong, said.  “I am finding these sessions really useful as I joined St John’s in Year 10 so missed out on the Year 9 topics.  The extra classes are good and help with my English.”


Head of Science, Mr Andrew Martin, comments.  “This term’s programme is aimed specifically at IGCSE for both Year 10 students are new to the school and some Year 11 students. Next term we plan to invite our A Level students to take part as the sessions will aid them in answering longer questions in their coursework and in exams.”



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St John’s College is a thriving co-educational day and boarding school, for ages 2 to 18 (boarding from Year 5), located in the heart of Southsea.  There are approximately 600 pupils at the school.  Since its foundation by Brothers of the Lasallian Order, the school’s mission has been to provide for its pupils a well-rounded academic, social and personal education – based securely on clear Christian principles and values.  The School celebrated its centenary in 2008.

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