APS is one of just 14 founding schools on The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP). This is a national project aimed to develop a cohort of secondary school students to near-native Mandarin proficiency by 2020. APS is leading the way amongst the group of schools selected. Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb visited Alexandra Park School to meet our Year 8 MEP students. ITN Captured all the action.
Learning Spanish with us is great - exploring three super exciting southern Spanish cities and their rich culture in one trip was phenomenal!
A group of forty students spent four days exploring the top attractions in Seville, Granada and Cordoba at the end of January. The students now have a real sense of the Andalusian region and the strong Arabic and Moorish influence from exploring mosques, cathedrals and old towns – not no mention the breath-taking sceneries and flamenco lessons followed by an inspiring flamenco show in the heart of Seville. Hurray! ...or should we say.. ¡Olé!
Already a designated 'Confucius Classroom', APS has now been selected for the Mandarin Excellence Programme.
The DfE's Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is being delivered by UCL IoE Confucius Institute in partnership with the British Council. The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020.
The programme implements a rigorous programme of study for pupils, starting from Year 7, and will require intensive learning from participating students. This will include the studying of Mandarin for eight hours a week, made up of a combination of teacher-taught classroom lessons, after-school teaching, self-study and intensive language courses in the UK and China.