Our Head of Spanish is Mr P E Morgan
The department teaches in a suite of rooms situated principally on the top of the Giles Slaughter Building, although extensive use is also made of our ICT suite and the other ICT suites the school has to offer. All our classrooms are well-equipped with whiteboards and audiovisual facilities.
We follow a curriculum based upon the publications “Claro 1" and "Claro 2", although we make extensive use of supplementary activities and resources in order to further enrich the curriculum. Spanish is compulsory for all pupils in Third and Shell Forms, becoming optional in the Fourth Form
We enter all pupils doing Spanish at GCSE for the AQA GCSE in Spanish at Higher Tier.
We follow the AQA A Level Syllabus.
Stretch & Challenge
We are constantly working together as a team in order to find ways of stretching and challenging our most able pupils, by observing teaching and learning and sharing best practices, both from within the department and from other departments in the school. We aim to go well beyond the confines of our course materials by making learning interactive and by providing pupils with challenging texts. Moreover, we provide pupils with the opportunity to watch Spanish-language films on a regular basis and also stage a Spanish-language play, courtesy of the Onatti Theatre Company.
Trips & Visits
Third Form (Year 7) pupils can take part in a week of Spanish Immersion near Madrid at Easter – they stay on a camp for one week, engaging in a range of exciting activities. Fourth Form pupils (Year 9) can take part in our Exchange Programme with Colegio Oleza, our partner school in Orihuela (Alicante). Our pupils visit Spain during the October half-term, with their Spanish partners coming to Solihull in the Spring Term (this takes place every two years). GCSE and A Level students can take part in our study visit to Andalucia, which is often conducted jointly with the Religious Studies Department.
We receive visitors from Argentina on a regular basis, and many Solihull students have also taken part in volunteering schemes in Peru, under the auspices of two charities with whom we work, namely Otra Cosa and LAFF.
In recent years students have gone on to read Spanish at Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton and York amongst other universities.