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Academy Specialisms

Presdales Language College

In 1995 Presdales School became one of the first DfES approved Language Colleges.

We pride ourselves in offering a wide range of languages at AS / A2 level including French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Japanese. Our team of highly-trained experienced specialist teachers is very enthusiastic and dedicated. The Foreign Language Assistants play an important role in the delivery of the curriculum and contribute, together with a large number of native speakers on the staff to the international atmosphere of the department.

All language students have regular timetabled sessions with their MfL Assistant.

For students who would like to continue their linguistic studies without the commitments of an academic AS/A2 course we also offer an Arabic holiday language course which is mainly conversational. 


Presdales has a longstanding reputation for excellence in its Music Department. The school provides unrivalled opportunities from beginner to advanced levels. There are numerous well supported extra-curricular activities. Students have performed in venues such as Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey. A group of soloists recently performed at Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) for two charity receptions. A choir will sing at The Ritz, London in January 2014. Individual instrumental and singing tuition are also both very popular. Whether your interest is in pop, rock, classical or big band, there IS something at Presdales for you.

Since taking on Music as a specialism Presdales has also reached out to the community with a range of projects including music being composed for the Hertford and Ware Primary Schools’ Music Festival.

Mathematics & Computing

In 2009, a second high performing specialism was awarded to Presdales, focusing on Mathematics and Computing. We encourage interest and enthusiasm in the subject throughout the school by regularly competing in individual and team challenges within Hertfordshire and nationally.

In Mathematics A level courses, we are able to offer a broad choice of modules to all students, encompassing Statistics, Mechanics and Decision mathematics. We also dedicate an entirely separate group for the teaching of Pure Mathematics modules for those students opting to complete A levels in both Maths and Further Maths – enabling pace and challenge for exceptionally able mathematicians.

Additionally, Sixth Form students have the opportunity to take an active supportive role in lower school maths lessons. This is appreciated highly by both sixth formers and the lower school pupils and helps in creating a stimulating and motivating learning atmosphere for all within the classroom.

As part of the mathematics specialism, Presdales has close links with some Hertford and Ware primary schools. Our maths teachers visit these local schools and work with various groupings of children – predominantly in Year 6 – enhancing the Primary provision and fostering better cross-phase mathematical understanding between teachers.