The school started to offer Chinese as a curriculum subject to Gifted and Talented Year 7 linguists in 2007. Since there is only one Year Chinese class, there is no setting. We are one of only a dozen state maintained schools that offer this subject, amazing considering the international role of China. Pupils work extensively in the language, learning to speak, read and write in mandarin. This is possibly not a subject where parents can check their child's homework!

The pupils who choose Chinese as their first modern language will take GCSE Chinese in Year 11. The textbook used is ‘Chinese for GCSE’, which was designed according to the National Curriculum. Assessment, which covers the 4 skills, is built into the units.