The highly successful Spanish exchange runs annually with our partner school, the IES Beatriz Galindo in the centre of Madrid, near the famous Parque del Retiro. (www.beatrizgalindo.org/)
Around 20 QEHS students come to Madrid with us in February, with the return leg of the exchange taking place in mid to late June, ordinarily in the final week of the Spanish school term.
Ordinarily the exchange is aimed at years 10 & 12 though younger students are not excluded from participating.
It is hoped that students will engage as fully as possible in the target-language, whilst enhancing their knowledge of Spanish culture. The linguistic benefits are considerable and help to improve later examination performance.
The social advantages of being able to forge relationships with like-minded language enthusiasts are not to be underestimated.
Students often maintain contact with their partners, organising their own private visits to Madrid thereafter, reflecting the positive personal benefits such an experience can offer.