Colfe’s offers a number of options to local state school pupils who are keen to supplement their Modern Foreign Languages studies. This includes a weekly beginner’s German class for Year 7, a one-day GCSE French booster for Year 11and a breakfast club on alternate Fridays for Year 11, where Colfe’s staff and external speakers talk on a variety of topics related to languages (not connected with GCSE/AL syllabuses). For example, we recently invited a professional translator to speak about her experiences teaching English in Japan.
The aims of these courses are to:
Provide pupils with additional exam support
Introduce younger pupils to German – which may not available in their own schools
Stretch the most able pupils at state schools and provide them with a genuine enrichment opportunity
Provide pupils with a feel of what it is like to study at Colfe’s and where applicable, offer guidance on our sixth form scholarship programme
A number of pupils who have attended the booster classes have gone on to join Colfe’s in the Sixth Form and notably benefitted in their linguistic ability.