English challenge for school

A primary school in Peterborough is thought to be the first in Britain where not one of its pupils speaks English as a first language.

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School has no pupils with English as mother tongue

A primary school in Peterborough is believed to be the only one in England where not one of its pupils speaks English as their first language.

Twenty different languages are spoken at Gladstone Primary School. The school has more than 400 pupils and despite the potential barriers the school's just been rated good in every area by the education watchdog Ofsted.

Click below for a report from ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper

Head speaks of language challenge for school

The head of a school in Peterborough where all 400 pupils have English as their second language has been telling ITV News Anglia of the challenges and the advantages.

Christine Parker from Gladstone Primary School in the city said: "A child who is truly bi-lingual and is able to think in two different languages really does impact on their intellectual development."

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Peterborough school where English is a foreign language

All pupils at Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough speak English as a second language Credit: Elodie Harper / ITV Anglia

A primary school in Peterborough is thought to be the first in Britain where all the pupils only speak English as a second language.

All 440 pupils at Gladstone Primary School have a foreign language as their mother tongue.

The head teacher Christine Parker says it does have its advantages: "A child who is truly bi-lingual and is able to think in two different languages really does impact on their intellectual development."

The school has recently received a "good" rating from education watchdog Ofsted after being rated "inadequate" in November 2011.

All pupils at Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough speak English as a second language Credit: Elodie Harper / ITV Anglia
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