Students within the Academy’s English as an Additional Language department have been working towards qualification as part of the Young Interpreters scheme. Young Interpreters undergo specific training to prepare for this role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities they may have. The support they can offer to a newly-arrived pupil can be very reassuring from a parent or carer’s point of view at a time when their child may be adapting to substantial changes. It also supports school staff in a variety of ways at different points during the school day. The Young Interpreters scheme was devised by Hampshire LA. It involves training children to act as mentors for their peers who are learning English as an additional language. Cockburn John Charles Academy is happy to announce that 10 year 8 students have successfully finished the training and will become school interpreters.