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Spanish

Girls in Years 7-11 have the opportunity to take Spanish to GCSE. They follow a lively new course accessing their digital book via their ipad as well “Activelearn” interactive exercises. A wealth of supplementary material is available to provide additional opportunities for independent learning. We promote listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and offer a good grounding in grammar.

All girls study aspects of Hispanic culture and produce work which illustrates topics of interest. From Year 11 onwards, girls have weekly lessons individually or in small groups with the Spanish Assistant who also runs the Spanish Club with the help of girls in Year 13.

At AS and A2 we follow the AQA specification with topics ranging from traditional family values to politics in Spain and Latin America. Students also study a film and a book and have individual conversation lessons with our Spanish Assistant. Girls access their online course books via their ipad and are encouraged to undertake independent research on the topics studied. They can also borrow Spanish and Latin American DVDs from the library.

Recent extra-curricular events have included a trip to the Royal Exchange theatre to see La Casa de Bernarda Alba, after school film evenings and Spanish cookery club. Girls also took part in the Oxford University Flash Fiction Competition with one of our Year 10 students winning joint first place in the Year 7-11 category. Each year a team of Year 13 students also take part in the regional debating competition held at Cheadle Hulme School.

In July the first Middle School Spanish trip to the Gredos Activity Centre two hours from Madrid was a great success and girls took part in language activities as well as visiting Salamanca and Avila. We hope to be able to run this trip every two years. Sixth Form girls are also given the opportunity to attend a Homestay and Language Course in Cádiz and to undertake work experience in Spain. 

A joint trip to Cadiz in Sapin

A joint trip to Cadiz in Sapin

Year 10 pupil Anna jointly won the inaugural Oxford University Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

Year 10 pupil Anna jointly won the inaugural Oxford University Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

Year 13 students in Valencia on a Spanish study trip

Year 13 students in Valencia on a Spanish study trip