Language studies – a distinctive feature of the Year 8 curriculum – and reflects our aim to prepare our pupils for an increasingly international future. All pupils receive an introduction to the language and culture of Germany, Japan and Italy. Pupils study vocabulary and grammar, festivals, geography, culture, food and history.
The School is a member of the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators, providing several opportunities for our students to meet and work virtually with their peers in other countries.
Pupils also have an additional opportunity (more often started in Year 9) to take part in the languages extra-curricular provision available in Japanese, Mandarin, and Italian for a small extra (subsidised) annual charge. This consists of two lessons a week, one at lunch and one after school, and covers a GCSE programme over three years.
Year 7 students also have one lesson per fortnight on ‘local studies’, taken by the Head (a geographer) which give pupils an overview of the geography and history of the local area.