Connaught School for Girls has been as specialist Languages school for over 10 years with thriving French, German and Spanish departments. Modern foreign language teaching in the school has flourished and we are making an impact on language teaching in neighbouring primary schools, whilst leading professional development and support on request for other secondary schools in Waltham Forest.
We are leading the way in developing primary school language teaching by delivering French classes in three of our feeder primary schools. We support the work of all language teachers in the area by providing training and resources for secondary schools across the south of the borough.The funding available to the school has enabled employment of additional language teachers and language assistants as well as equipping all the languages classrooms with networked interactive whiteboards. The advancement in teaching expertise in utilising the whiteboard technology has spread across many other areas of the school, driving school improvement in ICT.
All pupils now study two languages during their first three years and over a quarter of students study two languages at GCSE by either:
- taking GCSE French in years 9 and 10 and an additional GCSE language in years 10 and 11
- studying GCSE Urdu in lunchtime and after school classes in years 9 to 11
Our range of extra curricular language provision is extensive. We run educational visits to Boulongne, Germany, Spain and Italy and we have developed links with other European schools in Paris, Spain, Turkey and Portugal.