Specialising in the world

26th November 2004 at 00:00
Sarah Bonnell, in east London, is a multicultural, inner-city school, and for 40 per cent of its pupils, English is a second language.

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.

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