Primary school where ALL 440 pupils speak English as a second language receives glowing Ofsted report


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)
Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough most multi-cultural in BritainBut language barrier hasn't stopped major improvement in standards

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.

She said the school embraces its multi-cultural make-up, telling the Sunday Times: 'More and more of the world is going bilingual. The culture at out school is not to see bilingualism as a difficulty.'

The headteacher said confusion mainly only arises when a child's family teaches them snippets of English alongside their mother tongue, which causes difficulty learning because they don't have a solid foundation of the language from which to build their understanding.

Peterborough is one of Britain's prime immigration hotspots and just down the road, another school, Beeches Primary, can tell a similar multi-cultural story.

Of its 592 pupils, there are 23 different native languages, with only 24 having English as a primary tongue.

Tim Smith, the headteacher, said Britain's ever-changing society meant more than 150 pupils leave and join every year, as families, especially from eastern Europe, move away from the school's catchment area as and when they get offered bigger accommodation.

The Tory MP for the city, Stewart Jackson, said Peterborough would not be able to cope with a fresh influx of people and urged the city council to reconsider proposals to accept large numbers of families being moved from London due to the government's housing benefits cap.

But Mr Parker said: 'Britain has always been a country of immigration. You only have to watch Who Do You Think You Are on TV to see how many famous people have their origins away from the British Isles.

'Our pupils will grow up wanting to play cricket for England…and support England and Pakistan.'

Peterborough city council confirmed more than 100 languages were spoken in the city and the proportion of children with English as an additional language had risen 19 per cent to 35 per cent since 2008.