Mandarin Excellence Academy opens

Some 20 talented Year 7 students at Clevedon School will now be taught Mandarin Chinese, culminating with a visit to China next year.

Nationally, only 1% of students have been accepted onto the scheme which is run by Institute of Education, London. 

The school was only accepted after the application process assessed the quality of teaching in Clevedon school, the success of students in Modern foreign Languages and the expertise of Mandarin and History teacher Josh Coughlan. 

Headteacher Jim Smith has already attended a National meeting and the school now has links across UK as it delivers this new curriculum and makes plans for the trip to China at the end of next year.

Mr Coughlan said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of students and families interested in the Programme. 

The selection process was very hard and we look forward to invite all students interested to take part in the extra curricular activities we are planning in 2020. Classes of Martial arts, cookery lessons and the Chinese New Year celebrations will complement this unique experience. 

“The students are also looking forward to meet Mandarin students from other schools during the year and then going to China next year. This is the reflection of the many opportunities our school is offering to our students. Languages, music performing arts and many many more.”