Learning a foreign language means so much more than the mundane accumulation of grammar and vocabulary. In the Spanish and French departments at Gad’s, we emphasise the cultural and social benefits of speaking another language, while also appreciating that to do so demonstrates bravery, creativity, open-mindedness and perseverance.

As our learners progress through the National Curriculum towards GCSE, we seek to incorporate as many authentic language experiences as possible into lessons. This could be through our study of Spanish music, cinema or reading passages taken from real Spanish magazines and newspapers.

We also try to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to experience Spain first-hand and so we offer trips with packed itineraries to several year groups.