For a number of years, languages teacher Mrs Iglesias and Downside Sixth Form linguists have undertaken languages outreach to local primary schools.

Although pupils are not currently able to go into other schools due to Covid, some of the Sixth Form have been providing languages support and teaching to younger pupils at Downside. To acknowledge this, we are delighted to announce the start of the Language Leader Award initiative, which commences with two of our Lower Sixth pupils, Stephanie and Madeleine. 

Available nationally, the Language Leader Award helps pupils learn to lead, using language teaching as the medium. Throughout the year-long programme they develop their leadership skills, growing in confidence and enhancing their future careers. Pupils receive a log book to record training, activities, reflections during the year, along with a certificate and specially-designed lapel pin on successful completion of the programme.

The principal benefits of the Language Leader Award programme to pupils include:

Stephanie and Madeleine have done a sterling job thus far. Some of the activities they have completed include observing language lessons taught by language teachers, delivering a presentation to Third Form pupils on ‘Why study Spanish?’, helping and supporting Third and Fourth Form pupils with prep, and running small activities in Fourth Form Spanish lessons.