We were delighted and excited at the prospect of becoming a Swire Chinese Language Centre when initially approached in September 2015.
Belvedere has a strong reputation when it comes to teaching Modern Foreign Languages with our students consistently producing excellent outcomes in a range of languages at both GCSE and at A-Level. However, even with this strong foundation, we recognised that the learning of Mandarin Chinese would represent a significant new challenge for our students.
We submitted a successful bid to Swire outlining how we would plan the rollout of Mandarin in our Curriculum Plan over the next five to seven years. We felt strongly that the two most important
parts of establishing Chinese were to:
1. Find the right teacher/staff to develop the curriculum
2. Initially build the programme from the lower years up to allow Chinese to become established
and viable for GCSE study in a two-year window.