Black and Minority Ethnic Achievement/English as an Additional Language
EAL and BMEA at Cherry Tree
At Cherry Tree Primary School we pride ourselves on the cultural diversity of our staff and pupils. 74% of our pupils come from minority ethnic groups and 55% have English as an additional language. These numbers have increased steadily since 2012 and are well above the national average. Nearly 50 languages are represented here at Cherry Tree.
Please click here to see a list of the languages spoken.
Our curriculum is enhanced by, and reflects, the cultural diversity that our rich ethnic mix of pupils brings to the school. We recognise the advantages of bilingualism and that it contributes to the all round development of the individual child.
To view School Policies, including our Equalities Policy, please click here.
Our School assemblies reflect the ethnically diverse nature of our pupils as well as promoting fundamental British Values.
We have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to run numerous courses led by the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service. These have included ‘Fun with Phonics’, ‘Fun with Writing’ and ‘Muddle free Maths’. We have had great feedback from some of our parents. One parent wrote “This course has helped me to understand how to help my children with writing. It has given me ideas of how to sit and help them”.
As part of our RE curriculum, our pupils have many opportunities to visit places of worship in our community including the Mosque and Church.
Our Year 6 pupils have also visited the Houses of Parliament as part of their study of British Values.
In addition to these visits, we are very lucky to have visitors from our local community come to our school to lead assemblies and visit classes.
Can you help?
We would love to hear from you if you feel you have a story to tell or would like to share your experiences of your diverse cultures with our pupils. Perhaps your grandparents fought for England during the 2nd World War or you made a long journey to England from your native country? Maybe you would like to share experiences of celebrations you may take part in each year?
Please become involved - contact us!