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Outstanding GCSE Mandarin results

3 December 2015

All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield is an Academy for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Since 2011, this college has been teaching Chinese Mandarin.

All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield is an Academy for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Amongst other specialisms, All Hallows' curriculum is enhanced with four languages and the international dimension that form a vibrant aspect of the life of the college. Since 2011, this college has been teaching Chinese Mandarin from Year 7 onwards and achieved the British Academy Languages Award in 2012 for its work on primary transition, Chinese culture and teaching Mandarin. Almost all students take a GCSE in one language and in recent years the number of students who are able to gain a qualification in two languages, either in French, German, Spanish or Chinese, has increased.

Out of 1200 students, 42 are taking GCSE Chinese at present. That number has nearly doubled from the previous year. In 2015, 87% of students achieved A*-C passes and out of those 23% of students gained A*-A. The Principal and students of our partner school Xi’an Number 85 Middle School visited us last May and spent two pleasant days with our students. They exchanged their ideas about learning English and Chinese, and made e-mail pen pals as well. Although Chinese is a challenging language, students enjoy it very much with various interesting activities arranged by their teachers. Learning Chinese characters is another difficult part of it, but our students enjoy a challenge.

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