Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide (after Mandarin) and, as of 2016, there were 437 million Spanish-speakers throughout the world. Being the official language of 21 countries, its importance on the world stage is undeniable. Whether a student learns it for fun, for professional purposes or for personal reasons, picking up the Spanish language is without a doubt one of the most practical and rewarding skills a student could choose to develop.
We believe that it is vital that students are active learners and can see the relevance of language activities both in and out of the classroom and that is why we have overseas trips and clubs on offer that can help put the language into context and make it an enjoyable experience.
YEARS 7 & 8
All students in Year 7 learn Spanish and French in mixed ability classes and are then placed in sets for Years 8 and 9. In Year 9 pupils either choose two languages from French, Spanish and German or opt to focus on one of the three.
Students are streamed according to academic ability and there are usually three sets. To enhance language acquisition, students regularly use online language-learning resources and attend a Spanish play suitable for their language level.
YEARS 10 & 11
At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE 9-1 course and follow the AQA GCSE Spanish textbooks. Students are streamed according to ability and fluent, or near-fluent, speakers may be allowed to sit their GCSE at the end of Year 10. All Year 11 students have weekly classes with our native language assistant to work on their spoken Spanish. Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to take part in a trip to Spain and attend a Spanish play appropriate for their language level.
The A Level Spanish includes speaking, listening, reading and writing components and all students have weekly classes with our native language assistant to work on their spoken Spanish, either in very small groups or, very often, on a one-to-one basis.
The study of a foreign language is integral to the IB programme and Spanish is offered at both Standard and Higher Level, as well as Spanish ab initio (Standard Level). Standard and Higher Level courses offer the student an opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in the language and to explore Hispanic culture using the language. Native speakers may also opt for Language A and the ab initio course is designed for the beginner, with the main focus being on language for everyday purposes.