The Chinese department has recently been recognised as a Confucius Classroom by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, a status awarded to schools outside China that are judged to have achieved an ambitious standard in Chinese teaching and learning.
History, current affairs and Chinese culture form an important part of the curriculum. Activities and trips organised by the Chinese Society, including the annual China Trip, enhance pupils’ appreciation. In recent years we have travelled to Beijing, Xi’an, Guiling, and Shanghai. We regularly welcome guest speakers, celebrate Chinese holidays across the School, organise expeditions to important exhibitions in London and elsewhere, and enter pupils into speaking competitions. In 2015, six pupils won a trip to China in the annual HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition.
We offer Chinese from the Third Form as a beginner's class, with the expectation that pupils will reach GCSE standard by the end of the Fifth Form. After GCSE, pupils then have the opportunity to study Pre-U Chinese in the Sixth Form, whilst native speakers of Chinese are encouraged to take A level examinations. For GCSE and A level, pupils may sit the papers in either Mandarin or Cantonese.
Pupils have gone on to study Chinese at university with great success, and OOs are currently studying at Cambridge, Edinburgh, SOAS and Leeds.
Mrs A Hurley
Head of Department (from January 2018)