Our new Confucius Classroom – All Hallows Catholic College

8 September 2016

All Hallows Catholic College is the first Secondary School in Greater Manchester to become a Confucius Classroom.

All Hallows Catholic College is an all-ability Voluntary Academy for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. The College serves a wide geographical area of East Cheshire and also draws students from parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Stockport. They are recognized as an outstanding college with a tangible and palpable ethos that combines gospel values, ethical enterprise and an aspiration for all students to be the best that they can be in all dimensions of their lives.

They are delighted to setup a new Confucius classroom in our school this September. The college has been teaching mandarin since 2011, and in 2015 we had our first Mandarin GCSE result – with an achievement of 86% A* to C, and in 2016 we managed to top that with 100% A* to C. At the moment 200 students from y7 to y11 are learning Mandarin, and about 35 students learning Mandarin for GCSE. Since 2011, a total of 6 Mandarin teachers have been trained and are now in employment in schools across England. They are strong links with a partner school in China since 2010 and teachers have visited each other’s school. Students from China have visited All Hallows and in June 2016 our students visited the Chinese school and China. This link was established following a visit by the Executive Principal, Mr Billings.

Both, Chinese language and culture is celebrated throughout the year; for example visiting Chinese acrobats shared a performance at our school for the local community to celebrate Chinese New Year and at the Primary Language Conference in the summer 150 students learn about Chinese language and culture. The Executive Principal, Mr Billings, is passionate about enhancing language provision in this comprehensive, fully inclusive Catholic College. He believes learning Mandarin will equip students at All Hallows with vital skills for the future. Being in the unique position as a Catholic College with a strong track record in Mandarin, we are fully committed to developing Mandarin further in our Catholic College, our community partners and a large number of schools in our cooperative alliance.

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