Specialising in the world
Around 100 languages are spoken in the local community, and Mark Richardson, college director, said it was this that made language college status the ideal choice. "We are a global school and pupils are very good at languages because of the area we are situated in."
Pupils have a choice of seven languages in the curriculum: French, German, Spanish and Italian, as well as Arabic, Punjabi and Urdu.
The importance given to languages in the curriculum by specialist status, he said, had helped staff recruitment.