As part of our academic enrichment provision, we offer students the opportunity to participate in after-school Mandarin lessons. These form part of our broader extra-curricular programme and we ask parents to pay a fee to enable us to provide these lessons. Up to 25 students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are able to become involved in these lessons.
Our specialist Mandarin teacher, Mrs Y Adams, is an experienced and successful teacher. She uses the Edexcel GCSE course to frame her teaching and students can opt to take the examination as an additional qualification at the end of Year 11 if they wish. Some students chose to continue Mandarin study as a A Level subject in the Sixth Form.
Mrs Adams takes every opportunity to develop the Mandarin speaking skills of her students, including involving them in the British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition. Our students have performed in the finals of this prestigious competition on several occasions.