The St Hilda’s Languages Department plays a key role in its broad and progressive curriculum. Specialist teachers of both French and Spanish deliver fun and informative lessons to all the children throughout the school from 3 to 11 years, with a particular focus on confidence in the spoken language. There are also lunchtime clubs to extend the learning of those who particularly enjoy learning languages.
In addition to this, St Hilda’s is part of the Comenius Programme, funded by the European Commission and managed in the UK by the British Council. We enjoy close links with partner schools in Italy, France, Spain, Hungary and Turkey. The programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of different European cultures and languages, and help young people gain skills for their future lives and careers. As well as learning about their partners’ societies, the programme also helps young people learn more about their own culture and build links within their local community.
Head of EU Programmes at the British Council, Simon Williams, said: “We have a responsibility to prepare young people for life and work in our global society. Partnerships like this one not only help to build trust and understanding between people of different cultures, but also broaden pupils’ horizons, bring languages and other subjects to life in the classroom, and equip young people with the skills and understanding they need to become global citizens.”