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Specialisms Legacy

Broadening Horizons Via Our Former Specialisms

We gained our former main Specialism, as a Languages College, from the SSAT in 1999. It phased out in 2014.  It has historically been a real benefit to the school and most students must study at least one Language whilst at Lord Grey. There is also the opportunity to study a second language through a recreational morning class. In addition to this there are opportunities for language study through trips and visits.  We have a strong link with Ruyuan High School in China and links with schools in Germany, France and Spain.

We offer exchange visits to France and Germany. We often run a languages trip to Spain and we offer the chance for native speakers of a foreign language to gain an extra qualification in their ‘home’ language. We have run a very successful trip to Italy recently.  As a British value is ‘tolerance’ we use Tutor Time to teach students about traditions, cultural values and history from all around the world to widen their general knowledge of all continents on the globe.

Languages Quality Mark

We have built on our previous status as a Languages College by gaining a Quality Mark in Languages.

The world has an increasingly global dimension and efficient communication with other countries and cultures is of paramount importance. It is therefore vital that we prepare our students for an international community where not only language skill, but also awareness of the diversity of cultures in the world, is at the heart of education. Students at Lord Grey School have chosen to share our vision of a world in which communication in other languages is imperative and to be encouraged.

The international vision we have for all our students means that we offer excellent provision for learning a wide range of languages at all key stages.

“The school provides a rich and varied range of additional activities.  Students develop good social skills ad a good understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues.”
Ofsted 2014

Second Specialism Legacy

(English, Citizenship and Drama)

We aim to prepare our students for their role as twenty-first century local, national and global citizens; to enable them to communicate effectively in English and in other languages and to build their sense of self and confidence through Citizenship and Drama. We are proud of the legacy of our Second Specialism and it is the basis for building competencies in students and it is the driving force behind our Literacy campaign. Exam results in English, Drama and Citizenship are all improving and the teachers in these areas act as role models to other staff in terms of modelling good standards of pedagogy and leading on CPD. Student voice work is encouraged and teachers work hard to motivate and engage students in active learning.

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