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4th February 2019

Melbourn Village College is set to feature on a national news report after half-term.

A film crew documenting the decline in the number of students studying languages at GCSE descended on Melbourn to show a good example of a school bucking the trend.

The college was selected as they have recently changed their provision, with students studying not one, but two languages from Year 7, Spanish and Mandarin.

Three years ago Melbourn became the first school in Cambridgeshire to offer Mandarin as part of the curriculum and from September the first cohort, who are currently choosing their options, will start studying the GCSE syllabus.

The BBC report interviewed Principal Simon Holmes as well as a number of Year 9 students.

Students at the college had a chance to practice what they have learned when a group of Chinese visitors spent a day at the college, meeting pupils and taking part in some lessons.

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