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#1    Ohelemapit


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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

British primary school where every single pupil is 'foreign' and speaks English as a second language (but it still received a glowing report from Ofsted)

A primary school is believed to have become the first in Britain where not one of its pupils speaks English as a first language, it was revealed today.

All 440 pupils at Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough have a foreign language as their mother tongue, more than six times the national average.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I guess its a good thing, it should mean these pupils when they become working age will have received a good education and having the ability to speak two languages might be an advantage in future jobs. its only a isolated case which can be accepted, but if this becomes the norm nation wide how will the school / educate budget cope, on a grand scale more spending would be needed.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

Also from the same article:

Gladstone Primary is believed to be the first in Britain where every single one of its pupils does not speak English as a first language, but more and more pupils across the country are now from foreign backgrounds.
In a 2012 census of 1,600 schools, it was found English-speaking children are now in a minority, with the figures particularly startling in the 14 inner London boroughs, where there were 98,000 non-native English speakers compared to 78,000 who could list the language as their number one.
Nationwide, there were 97 schools where the number of pupils speaking English as a mother tongue was fewer than one in 20 of the school population.
After London, Birmingham had the highest concentration of 'foreign' pupils, followed by Bradford and then Leicester.
Punjabi was the most widely-spoken first language.

I am just wondering what additional costs are involved in this situation, and whether the diverting of Budget Funds to meet this requirement, means there is less to go around the Native English Speakers in terms of new equipment etc?

Edited by keithisco, 26 February 2013 - 11:52 AM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I think it's wrong To be frank. I think it's kind of racist there's a school where no one is english

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