Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide (after Mandarin) and is a popular option for pupils. In 2013 pupils sitting Spanish IGCSE achieved an exceptional 90 per cent pass rate at A*-A.
The Spanish classroom is equipped with an interactive Smart Board and with television links to Spanish satellite channels. DVDs, videos and CDs are in regular use and there is a bank of useful language sites on the school intranet.
The Spanish course for Year 9 at Worth is designed for beginners, with the main focus placed on introductory topics and grammar which will prepare students to continue studying Spanish at Key Stage 4. Students are streamed according to academic ability and there are usually two sets. To enhance language acquisition, students regularly visit the network rooms to use on-line language learning resources and attend a Spanish play suitable for their language level.
Years 10 & 11
At Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel IGCSE course and follow the Edexcel International GCSE Spanish course books. Students are streamed according to ability and fluent, or near-fluent, speakers may be allowed to sit their IGCSE at the end of Year 10. Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to take part in the Spanish Study Trip to Salamanca (Spain) and attend a Spanish play appropriate for their language level.
Students studying Spanish in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to take part in the annual Sixth Form Spanish Study Trip to Salamanca. IB and A Level students from Worth spend a week in Salamanca, attending lessons and taking part in cultural activities and excursions to Segovia and Madrid.
The A Level Spanish includes speaking, listening, reading and writing components and all students have weekly classes with a native speaker to work on their spoken Spanish, either in very small groups or, very often, on a one-to-one basis.
The study of a foreign language is integral to the IB programme and Spanish is offered at both Standard and Higher Level, as well as Spanish ab initio (Standard Level). Standard and Higher Level courses offer the student an opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in the language and to explore Spanish culture using the language. The ab initio course is designed for the beginner, with the main focus being on language for everyday purposes.