English as an Additional Language (EAL) is led by Miss Nicole Williamson, an energetic, specialist teacher with over twenty years’ experience, who has taught in a range of schools from private language institutions and international schools, to state and independent schools in the UK.

Miss Williamson oversees the whole process, from initial pre-admission assessment to arrival and onwards, to ensure each child is provided with appropriate individual support from the moment they arrive. International pupils are assessed for their language skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and thereafter placed in small, supportive learning groups and often one-on-one classes, carefully aligned to their developing levels of ability.

Throughout the year our overseas pupils work towards passing internationally recognised qualifications, with each pupil entering either KET, PET or FCE Cambridge Examinations in May of the Summer Term.


Children often find it easier to adapt and settle when they are younger and there are real benefits to starting boarding before age 11 within a small, nurturing environment in preparation for the more demanding life of senior school. Immersion in an English speaking setting at this early stage results in a confident, natural command of the language – a tremendous advantage in today’s global economy. Our friendly, family culture offers a less daunting atmosphere for international pupils embarking on their education in the UK, and the thorough preparation we provide for the next educational stage means children reach their potential: with 65% of pupils this year winning scholarships (academic, art, sport and music) to leading senior schools across the UK. They have had a happy time at school and therefore they thrive!



Our international pupils have a 100% pass rate in their Cambridge examinations. One third of all pupils have achieved an ‘A’ grade in First Certificate.


Our friendly office staff will guide and help you through every step of the application process and are always available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact: [email protected]


Nicole Williamson

M.A., B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E., Cambridge CELTA (English and EAL Co-ordinator)

Although I was raised near Cromer and educated at Gresham’s, I have ventured beyond the county borders. My undergraduate years were spent at Durham University, where I read English, with Italian as a subsidiary subject. I also obtained a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, which enabled me to find my first post at a school on the island of Evia in Greece, which was followed by two years at a language school in Hamamatsu, Japan. On my return to the UK, I gained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from UEA, whereupon I taught A’ Level English, Media Studies and Theatre Studies. The wanderlust had not been vanquished, however. I subsequently spent six blissful years in Brazil, at St Paul’s School, São Paulo, where I was promoted to Head of Senior School English. From São Paulo I progressed to sunny Southwold and St Felix School, teaching English and co-ordinating the school’s English as an Additional Language needs.