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We are delighted to announce that we are one of the first schools in England selected to participate in the Mandarin Excellence Programme - a new intensive language programme funded by the Department for Education.

Beginning in September 2016, the nationwide programme offers students an unprecedented opportunity in terms of language provision and aims to see at least 5,000 school pupils in England on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

In being the most widely spoken language in the world, Mandarin Chinese is recognised as one of the most important languages for the UK's future. The programme therefore provides a fantastic opportunity for students to acquire vital language skills at an early stage - something essential for work and for life in an increasingly connected world.

Students on the programme will study eight hours of Mandarin Chinese every week - including four hours of classroom taught lessons - with selected groups of pupils beginning from Year 7.

We will be at the forefront of delivering the programme - with support from the UCL Institute of Education and the British Council.

What is the Mandarin Excellence Programme?

The Mandarin Excellence Programme is a new intensive language programme, funded by the Department for Education, which will see at least 5,000 school pupils in England on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Participating schools - with support from UCL Institute of Education and the British Council - are at the forefront of delivering the programme and funding is available to support successful delivery.

Students on the programme will take eight hours of Mandarin Chinese a week - including four hours of classroom taught lessons - with selected groups of pupils beginning from Year 7.