Beaconhurst is one of the leading schools for languages in Scotland.
We are perhaps unique in providing a full programme of both French and German at primary level and in addition to these core languages we also have provision for Spanish and Italian. The Department is characterised by its clear academic ethos and pupils enjoy a thorough programme of study of the language, literature and culture of these languages. Pupils all take at least one, but often two or even three languages to Scottish SQA National 5 and many go on to take Higher /Advanced Higher. Naturally some go on also to study Modern Languages at university, both in Scotland and also in England, in particular at Cambridge.
In Transition pupils begin the formal process of reading and writing the language and embark on a full programme of the study of the language and its grammar. Writing develops from short notes initially until ultimately in S5/6 substantial essays are produced. Reading is both for information and also for pleasure, there being an emphasis as the pupil matures on reading both more copiously and more independently. Listening and speaking skills are very important : pupils carry through from primary the benefits of early exposure to the sound world of French and German and this is reinforced not least by our two native speakers in the Department.
For Spanish we have a lunch time session weekly on a Tuesday and there is also an after school Spanish Club. Trips are organised on a regular basis to both France and Germany. Currently we have contact with a lycée in Dijon and a senior trip to Berlin will take place in the summer of 2013.
As a leading languages school we have close ties to the French and German Institutes in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the German Consul General has made several visits to the school.
Business and political leaders both in Britain and Europe continue to cry out for young people with good language skills in the main languages of Europe. Beaconhurst provides its pupils with exactly the kind of training which these future employers are looking for,
Beaconhurst linguists can leave us both with skills for life ( among which is the ability also to learn another language) and also with a rigorous academic training which will stand scrutiny should they study languages further at university. Careers beckon in business, in the civil or foreign service and in academia.