Congratulations to our Language Leaders

Well done to 29 of our year 10 and 11 students have completed the Language Leader Award programme, during which they taught their chosen language to local primary school children.

As part of the year-long programme, the students had to plan, prepare and deliver three lessons to primary school children in years 3, 4 and 5 at local schools including St James’s, Lakeside and St Mark’s primary schools. In addition to this, they attended workshops once a fortnight to help them prepare and develop their leadership skills.

As well as giving the students an opportunity to demonstrate their strong language skills, the programme provided them with valuable experience for the future. Year 10 student, Rosie, taught French to students at Lakeside and St James’s primary schools. She said: “This was a great experience for me because I would like to become a primary school teacher, so it was really useful find out what it is like to teach younger children.”

For year 10 student, George, who gave lessons in Spanish, the programme helped him build his confidence and self-esteem: “I wasn’t very confident standing up and talking in front of others before I did this, and I feel this has really improved now.”

Miss Fernandez, Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, complimented the students on how well they had done: “You have all done marvellously well and shown great commitment to achieving this. All the teachers at the primary schools said how well prepared you were and were really impressed.”

This sentiment was echoed by Headteacher, Gareth Burton, who said: “Well done to all of you. I met recently with the headteachers of the primary schools who said how fantastic you were.”

Cheltenham Bournside School is committed to language learning and providing students with the best opportunities to develop their linguistic skills. Students can study French, German and Spanish at Key stage 3, 4 and 5. Students in years 8 and 9 can also choose to study Mandarin and study it at GSCE and A-level.