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Case Study: Thorpe House School

Thorpe House Double Club pupilsThorpe House School in Buckinghamshire have adopted a fantastic model to run Double Club Spanish in school this year.

GCSE Spanish pupils in Year 10 have been leading the sessions for Year 3 pupils, allowing them to not only pass on their Spanish language skills, but also demonstrate confidence and responsibility to be a role model to younger pupils.

Mrs Del Arco, who is running the programme in school, said: “Thanks to our PE staff and our Year 10 Spanish students, our Year 3s are really enjoying this initiative. It has been a pleasure to watch their excitement both in the classroom and on the pitch and their confidence when speaking Spanish has grown immensely.”

Double Club Coordinator, Steve Eadon, added: “Older pupils are a fantastic resource for schools to inspire younger pupils. I would definitely encourage more schools to follow Thorpe House’s approach – it’s a creative way to engage more pupils in the programme so that everyone’s a winner.

“Thorpe House are clearly in a favourable position to run this model, but something like this could help secondary schools strengthen links with their feeder primary schools.”

To find out more, please visit the school’s web page.

Well done to Mrs Del Arco and everyone at Thorpe House School – keep up the good work!