A Pinner school is giving selected students the chance to learn Mandarin at the highest level.
Pinner High School has successfully applied with University College London to deliver the Department for Education’s Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) to talented students.
The purpose of the programme is to produce highly motivated, highly skilled global citizens on their way to a high level of fluency in Mandarin.
All students at Pinner High School study Mandarin – headteacher Mr Woolf is the former head of senior school at Dulwich College Beijing and stresses the importance of learning Chinese.
China is the most populous nation in the world and Chinese is spoken by one fifth of the world’s population.
In today’s global society, speaking Mandarin and having an understanding of Chinese culture is hugely important and with the thriving Chinese economy, its importance is only set to increase.
Mr Woolf said: “The group of nearly 40 students who visited Beijing earlier in the year had such a memorable experience, and this shows the high levels of interest in Mandarin. Languages featured strongly in our recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report, and I am delighted to provide even more opportunity to our fantastic students.”
The school said in a statement: “Pinner High is delighted to have successfully applied with University College London to deliver the MEP. This is an intensive immersion course in Mandarin Chinese and those students selected to participate in the programme will be provided with extra hours of teaching and enrichment which supplement the existing Chinese learning opportunities enjoyed by all students at Pinner High School.”