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What secondary schools teach Mandarin GCSE ?

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maisiewaysie Thu 07-May-15 16:35:34

I'm thinking of moving back to UK from HK within the next year and am searching for a state school/independent secondary school that teaches GCSE mandarin for my son who is now 13 (which is Year 8). Hopefully to find one in the surrey area as I have relatives living in Cheam (Surrey) area. I'm hoping to find one where he can take mandarin as an alternative to French/Spanish etc. So one less language to pick up as he will already have to speed up his English Language knowledge.

Alana1975 Thu 07-May-15 17:43:08

Hampton school for boys and Kingston grammar school. Both are excellent , very academic schools.

Charis1 Thu 07-May-15 18:41:09

It is quite mainstream, but if he already speaks it what is the point? He can take the exam in year 11, in any school without attending any lessons, and spend the time on something else more worthwhile, like English

bigTillyMint Thu 07-May-15 18:43:38

I know of at least 2 in our patch of SE London, but too far for you from Cheam.

JustCallMeDory Thu 07-May-15 18:45:18

Bohunt, in Liphook on the East Hampshire/West Sussex boarder does. It's also got a fantastic reputation.

LIZS Thu 07-May-15 18:45:52

If he is already at a high level most independent schools would let him sit it even if they don't teach it, especially if there are overseas boarders. Iirc Whitgift have it as compulsory in younger years.

TweenageAngst Thu 07-May-15 18:46:17

Whitgift in Croydon does Mandarin and Japanese as well as the usual.

LIZS Thu 07-May-15 19:04:23

Epsom college

LIZS Thu 07-May-15 19:05:38

Trinity school Croydon

Leeds2 Thu 07-May-15 19:09:32

My friend's DS did Mandarin GCSE at Trinity. Found it difficult, as he was the only one in his class who didn't speak Mandarin at home. That was three or four years ago.

TeddTess Thu 07-May-15 19:12:22

I believe kingston grammar are now doing it as taster classes within the MFL curriculum but not as a stand alone GCSE. For the next intake anyway (may be different for those already there)

Ingles2 Thu 07-May-15 19:15:29

My son is taking GCSE mandarin at his comp in Kent.. It's a large, rural comp, not selective.. A really great school though. He loves it and is going to China for 3 weeks with them next year smile

ShipwreckedAndComatose Thu 07-May-15 20:52:11

I think George Abbott in Guildford, Surrey, does. But you would need to confirm that

happygardening Thu 07-May-15 21:00:26

At DS2's super selective independent you're not allowed to do (I)GCSE in Mandarin if you already speak it. This applies to any MFL you already speak fluently because it your native tongue so do check.
You might be interested to know that all boys joining the school from Hong Kong have to do Latin and French IGCSE many have not done it or not had many lessons before they arrive. All seem to pick both languages up quickly and at the end of three years get top grades.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Thu 07-May-15 21:07:00

Sorry, I don't think George Abbott does now I look

PettsWoodParadise Thu 07-May-15 21:52:32

Some schools do it as a 'twilight' course' for example Newstead in Orpington. I gather this means it is half supported, half expected students will fill in the gaps themselves. My point being that it may not be fully advertised, but may be an option. Good luck with the move.

maisiewaysie Fri 08-May-15 00:55:06

Whitgift need you take 3 mfl! that's madness.
i was hoping to be able to find a school that doesn't make it compulsory to take up a mfl & even if it was a must then to continue with his mandarin that he's been learning.
thinking whether i should still go ahead with the move or just wait till he finishes high school here & then do his A levels.

Alana1975 Fri 08-May-15 03:45:02

A slight deviation from the topic. Can anybody recommend, please, mandarin group lessons for children or Sunday school around Richmond/kingston area. The child has an intermediate level.

happygardening Fri 08-May-15 05:41:11

OP perhaps you should speak to the individual schools directly, if he's not completely fluent in English then they may let him off learning a foreign language in favour of extra English lessons. Mandarin might then be possible as an alternative.
You are also leaving it a rather late to get a place for this September in some of those suggested above; Kingston Grammar Hampton and Whitgift will already have filled their vacancies for September many having pre tested in yr6 and will have waiting lists.
Would you consider boarding? Putting aside a handful of very big names you stand a better chance of getting a place for this yr at a boarding school.

LIZS Fri 08-May-15 07:47:16

Overseas students at dc school take eal lessons on the timetable. Often a native language is taken earlier than others so there is still time to take other options.

yellowdaisies Fri 08-May-15 09:40:02

At my DS's state comprehensive kids who already speak another language can take it as an extra GCSE with very little input from the school. Most get As. If English isn't their first language they can also miss one other GCSE option (eg French) and spend the time doing extra English.

I think this kind of thing is quite common in state schools I'm areas where there are quite a few pupils who've moved from abroad

caringdad66 Sat 09-May-15 11:33:27

Although useful,please remember that GCSE Mandarin is a very basic qualification.
A grade 'A', result, would crudely equate to understanding 5% of the language.
A grade 'A' at A level,would equate to understanding 20% of the language.
Please don't kid yourself that by gaining a Gcse I'm mandarins,your child will be fluent.
Must reiterate ,that it's still worth doing though.

Cafeconleche Mon 11-May-15 10:22:02

UCL Academy London NW3 - Mandarin is taught from Year 7

TeddTess Tue 12-May-15 10:19:45

caringdad66 i don't see how that is different to any other MFL GCSE/A level (i have GCSE in french and italian and A level french and am anything other than fluent!!) unless you live for years in a country living, breathing it every day it is impossible to be fluent. but unless you have the grounding (GCSE/A level) you'll never get fluent!

Rivercam Tue 12-May-15 10:27:13

Maidstone grammar, and Cornwallis school, both teach mandarin, in Maidstone , Kent.

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