Spanish is a fantastic language to learn: it is the third most widely spoken language in the world, it is rich and subtle, and it offers a true academic challenge.
At Oxford High, many girls who begin Spanish choose to continue to GCSE. We also offer Spanish at A Level and our current exam boards are Edexcel IGCSE and Edexcel A Level. Studying Spanish allows for wonderful opportunities travelling in Spain and Latin America: OHS girls have spent time during their gap years in Spanish-speaking countries, and this experience can often be more fulfilling with the confidence gained through studying the language in the Sixth Form.
Most years we have students applying to prestigious universities to study Spanish including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Exeter – either as a single honours degree or as a joint honours degree with, for example, French, Portuguese, Arabic or Law.
Beyond the curriculum
We regularly have a visiting Spanish theatre group come into school to perform plays and students from Year 9 upwards have enjoyed watching the performances which are entirely in Spanish. Our Year 13 students have been to see Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre performed by a student theatre group here in Oxford.
In the Sixth Form we have an annual tapas evening in a Spanish restaurant in Oxford: speaking lots of Spanish and enjoying delicious paella, patatas bravas and tortilla, to name but a few.