BBC’s Newsround turned to Manchester Academy students when producing a report about the importance of speaking another language.
A popular and vibrant school at the heart of its local community, the Moss Side based academy has a diverse and inclusive community, with over 70 different languages spoken, including Somali, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Spanish, Bengali, Arabic and German. With outstanding GCSE results in the Modern Foreign Language department including 73.3% of students achieving a grade A*-A in Spanish and 96.7% achieving a grade A*-C.
When filming a piece about the importance of learning languages in school, the Newsround team approached the Academy, interviewing students Mohamed, Abdullah, Farha, Muhammed and Mercy about what they like about being bilingual or multilingual, which languages they think should be taught in schools and how important it is to be able to speak more than English.
Manchester Academy Principal Andy Griffin said:
“As a school with as diverse a community as ours, it’s important for our students to have an appreciation and understanding of other languages and cultures and we’re delighted to have been able to demonstrate this as part of the BBC’s Newsround report.”
Watch the full report here