New China classroom for language class

Birkedale School  sign for the Confucius classroom
Birkedale School sign for the Confucius classroom
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Mandarin will be taught more widely at a Sheffield school after it opened special facilities.

Birkdale School in Broomhill celebrated the opening of its Confucius Classroom with a day of language, calligraphy and dancing.

It is one of a select few schools recognised by the Confucius Institute for promoting the study of Mandarin Chinese. Many pupils have already enjoyed Mandarin lessons with a weekly after-school club.

Kathryn Higham, head of modern languages, said: “We are now able to offer Mandarin Chinese lessons to a large number of students. It is spoken by over a billion people and will enrich the full and varied curriculum at Birkdale.”