Hello, my name is Tamzin Garrod and my job is EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher at Colman Junior and Infant Schools.  

That means I am here to support your child or children with all aspects of their learning. Your child has an amazing talent that allows them to learn and possibly work in more than one language. One language may be much stronger than the other and your child may find it easier to speak in one and read or write in another. This is completely normal and should be celebrated. Your child may have a lot of influence from a language other than English or maybe just a little. I am here to support your child, their teachers and you to enable your child to achieve their very best.  

I work in school two days a week so please just ask at the office if you have any questions or concerns or contact me at:  TGarrod@colmanfederation.org.uk 

I look forward to meeting you 

What is EAL?

EAL - The Department of Education definition

A pupil’s first language is defined as any language other than English that a child was exposed to during early development and continues to be exposed to in the home or community. If a child was exposed to more than one language (which may include English) during early development, a language other than English should be recorded, irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English.

It is important therefore to recognise that:

  • Children who have British citizenship can still be EAL.
  • If parents write on their child’s admission form that the child speaks English as a first language, when it is clear that one or both of these parents is a speaker of another language, the child is very likely in fact to be EAL, and it will be necessary to check this.

If you have any questions about these definitions or if you think your child should be recorded as EAL, please contact the EAL Teacher: TGarrod@colmanfederation.org.uk


If you need to talk to us with the help of an interpreter, please point to this sign on the office window. We will call an interpreter for you.

Якщо вам потрібно щось сказати або поставити запитання, будь ласка, вкажіть на цей знак біля шкільного офісу, і ми запросимо перекладача по телефону.

إذا كنت بحاجة إلى إخبارنا بشيء ما أو طرح سؤال، يرجى الإشارة إلى هذه العلامة خارج مكتب المدرسة وسنقوم بتوفير مترجم فوري لك على الهاتف.

که تاسو اړتیا لرئ موږ ته یو څه ووایاست یا پوښتنه وکړئ، مهرباني وکړئ دا نښه د ښوونځي د دفتر څخه بهر په نښه کړئ او موږ به ستاسو لپاره په تلیفون کې یو ژباړونکی چمتو کړو.

আপনার যদি আমাদের সাথে কথা বলার প্রয়োজন হয় বা কোনো প্রশ্ন থাকে, অনুগ্রহ করে স্কুল অফিসের বাইরে এই চিহ্নটি নির্দেশ করুন এবং আমরা ফোনে আপনার জন্য একজন দোভাষী প্রদান করব।

Si necesita hablar con nosotros o tiene alguna pregunta, señale este letrero afuera de la oficina de la escuela y le proporcionaremos un intérprete por teléfono.

Jeśli chcesz nam coś powiedzieć lub zadać pytanie, wskaż ten znak w sekretariacie szkoły, a my zapewnimy Ci tłumacza telefonicznego.

Colman Stories

We are a truly global school here at Colman Federation, speaking over 40 languages. We are very proud of this and we celebrate all the different languages and cultures that make us so special.

Interim Executive Headteacher - Catherine Wright
Chair of Governors - Karen Gardner

Colman Infant School
Colman Road, Norwich NR4 7AW

Colman Junior School
South Park Avenue, Norwich NR4 7AU