The Queen’s School is the only independent school in the north of England to be officially recognised for the excellence of its work in promoting the study of Mandarin Chinese. The school was awarded the coveted accolade of being designated a Confucius Classroom by the Office of Chinese Language Council International - otherwise known as Hanban and under the umbrella of the the UCL Institute for Education Confucius Institute.
Confucius Classrooms, named in honour of the celebrated Chinese thinker and philosopher, promote and support the learning of Mandarin across the globe.
All Queen’s pupils learn Mandarin at The Lower School from Reception on a rolling carousel of language tuition. Mandarin is then taught to everyone in Year 7 and more than a third of the girls at Queen’s choose to study the language beyond this level.
The school also offers children from local primary schools the opportunity to learn the world’s most widely-spoken language. Pupils from various primary schools enjoy a weekly after school club where they learn basic conversational Mandarin. We also run a popular annual Little Linguists Morning, incorporating Mandarin, French and Spanish at the Lower School.
The school has benefitted greatly in the last five years from having the support of a Hanban teacher at Queen’s. As experts not only in language and culture, but traditional crafts such as flower making, origami, knot making, wushu, abacus and fan dancing, these experts have enabled us to promote Chinese language and culture within our own school and the local community.