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Gumley has been awarded Language Specialist Status

Language Colleges raise standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in modern foreign languages for all pupils using this as a catalyst for whole school improvement.

This means that we are increasingly becoming active partners in a learning society with our local family of schools, colleges, higher education institutions, business and our community, sharing resources and developing and sharing good practice. We aim to help our students to progress from primary language learning through to lifelong learning.

Language Colleges play a key role in supporting the National Languages Strategy, which aims to transform the country’s capability in languages, encouraging “languages for life” and “languages for all”.


  • Careers in Languages day at Westminster University

    Posted: 24/03/14

    Year 12 student Krystyna MacGibbon, writes about her experience.

  • Work experience in Ravenna, Italy

    Posted: 24/03/14

    Translating marketing in the Natural Science Museum & customer service in a Hotel. Sixth Formers Nicole Rayment and Gaynel Barry tell us about their work experience placement in Italy.

  • Work Placement in Segovia

    Posted: 24/03/14

    Sixth form student, Lucy Antunes tells us about her work experience placement in Segovia

  • Gumley’s first Flamenco and Tapas Special!

    Posted: 24/03/14

    One Saturday last term our year 7 linguists took part in our very first Andaloucian extravaganza involving a dancing workshop with a West End professional dance teacher and a trip to Don Fernando’s tapas restaurant in Richmond.

  • Chinese New Year Roadshow

    Posted: 24/03/14

    To celebrate Chinese New Year, Key Stage 3 students studying Mandarin enjoyed a wonderful display of dancing, singing and martial arts brought to us by the South Bank University Confucius Institute. 

  • Work Experience Placements in Italy & Spain

    Posted: 19/03/14

    6th form student that gained a role in an insurance company in Segovia Spain "I do recommend working to support the language you are studying as it’s a speedy learning curve and also improves language listening skills. Additionally, you do get to meet many new people and increase your understanding and view of the culture, particularly learning the differences between Spanish and British cultures as well.

    Another Student that spent a week working in a hotel in Ravenna, Italy "I found this experience built my language skills and confidence too  as I was put into a real life working environment and engaging in everyday conversations. Additionally, this trip has allowed me to become a lot more independent as I had to travel to and from work on my own.”
    And another in a Natural Science Museum in Ravenna...“At first I was nervous about being in Italy, having to speak Italian, finding my way to work without help, however when I landed in Bologna I had a new found confidence.

    I worked in the Natural Science Museum translating maps and tour guides into English and my Italian vocabulary has grown so much

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