Communications Learning Zone

Communication skills are essential to the future of our students and a great value is placed on both traditional and modern means of communication.

All students study English from Years 7 to 11. We emphasise core reading and writing skills, with students grouped according to ability from the start of Year 7 and additional intervention for those who need it. From Year 10, students study English Language, with some students also undertaking English Literature.

Students in Years 7 to 9 study at least one modern language, either French or German. Some students will study both languages, with others opting for one of them and also studying a course in Applied English which boosts literacy skills through enterprise activities.

There are opportunities for language visits abroad, and students may continue with their language learning right through to A-level.

We have recently introduced a link with a school in Suzhou, China, with an annual exchange of students between Writhlington and China. Our China Link co-ordinator runs a China Club and some students are learning Mandarin. Expanding this link is a priority for the school in the future.