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The Spanish Department  

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The Presdales Spanish Department comprises four teachers and a Spanish Language Assistant, who are passionate about the subject and keen to pass on our knowledge and a love of the Spanish language to the pupils we teach.

So, why learn Spanish?  Spanish is a language of global importance.  Only Mandarin Chinese has more native speakers and globally almost 500 million people speak the language.  Nowadays it is the second most studied language and the second language in international communication.  28 countries spread over four continents have Spanish as their primary or secondary language. 

It is becoming increasingly popular as companies develop and broaden their links with Spain and South America. The world of business management, marketing, tourism, banking, the Civil Service and telecommunications all provide opportunities for language graduates.

Curriculum outline

Spanish is taught from Year 8 through to Year 13.  It is a popular choice as a second language in Year 8 and take-up at GCSE level is high.  Those who achieve high grades at GCSE can choose to study the language to A level in the Sixth Form to develop their skills and knowledge of Hispanic culture.

Additionally pupils in Year 7 have the chance to sample the language or to practise what they have learned at primary school at our weekly lunchtime Spanish club, run by sixth form language students.

The Spanish Department has a long-standing link with the IES Verdaguer secondary school in Barcelona, with which we organise a successful Spanish exchange.  Pupils in Years 10 and 12 have the opportunity to participate in this.

Additionally, there is a popular annual trip to Cantabria, northern Spain for pupils in Year 9. This trip includes language activities and visits to local attractions such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Santander and the Altamira Caves.

Click on the links in the left hand menu to view information about Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.