Across Britain, schools are becoming more multicultural. Just over one million primary and secondary pupils spoke a first language other than English in 2012. On average, one in six primary school pupils in 2012 spoke another language at home.
61.44% of the pupils in Belmore Primary Academy don’t speak English as their first language. These are some of the languages spoken by some of the pupils: Punjabi, Romanian, Somalian, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Pashto, Gujarati, Kurdish, Arabic, Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and many more (to be precise it is 35 languages!)
Being able to speak more than one language has numerous educational, social and economic benefits, particularly in an increasingly globalised world. We believe that learning another language makes pupils’ minds stronger and more flexible. For many parents of different cultures, it provides their child with a link to their family heritage.