I am delighted to announce that, following our revision of the curriculum to best meet the needs of our pupils as 21st-century citizens, we will be piloting the teaching of Mandarin Chinese to children in Upper School, Years 5 and 6, from this September. This is being achieved by collaboration with the Swire Centre in Oxford. There will also be a Mandarin Chinese Club where children will be able to further explore the Chinese culture.
If the pilot is successful, we are likely to be extending it to the whole school from September 2022 as our Modern Foreign Language provision, replacing French.
Our children, when they grow up, are likely to be living on a planet where the dominant world power will be China: having some communication basics and an understanding of the Chinese culture will set them up very well for that future.
Currently, Chinese is taught to all children at Lowbrook Academy, Oldfield Primary School and Waltham St Lawrence Primary School: all these schools have an excellent reputation for academic success. In making the curriculum changes we are, we will be matching that academic focus while retaining our strong emphasis on nurturing the whole child and their pastoral care making, I believe, our proposition to be one of the most rounded and holistic educations available, where we will focus on children having a childhood while being well-prepared for what follows in secondary school and beyond.
Thank you for being part of that journey.
Richard D Rhodes, Headteacher