Sandra Hampton - English as an additional language (EAL) Support

Sandra Hampton, the school librarian and English support, will be taking on another role this term.

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She will be the EAL support worker which makes her the point of contact for students from overseas during school hours.

Mrs Hampton has been working at Pool Academy for 17 years. She started as a Teaching Assistant and over the years has also taken on a pastoral role before becoming the school librarian.

She has a degree in English Literature and a teaching background.

She said: “I am looking forward to being the EAL. I think it is a great idea. I will be regularly meeting with a group of students from a range of countries including Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Latvia.

“I will be helping them to settle into the school and if they have any issues they can come to me.

“I think it would be really good to promote their country in the school so they can share their cultures with other students.”

Rachel Facey, Additional Needs Coordinator at Pool Academy, said: “I am really excited about Sandra’s appointment to this post.  She demonstrates her commitment to the students every day, working tirelessly to support them.  I know it could be daunting for students who join the school at different times, particularly if their first language isn’t English, so Sandra will be on hand to support them.”