Richmond School recognised for German studies

Pictured left to right, Simone Pfliegel, Goethe Insitut, Dr Susanne Frane, German Embassy, Dr Georgia Herlt, Goethe Institut, Fiona Dutton, assistant lead teacher for modern foreign languages, Jenna Potter, headteacher, Catherine Brooker, Chief Executive of the Areté Learning Trust.

Richmond School and Sixth Form College has been recognised for its commitment to German language and culture.

The school was just one of eight across the country to be awarded partner school status with the prestigious Goethe Institut.

The Schools: Partners for the Future’(PASCH) is an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, in co-operation with the Goethe Institute.

It forms a worldwide network of schools that have a special focus on German and German culture.

Richmond is the only school between Liverpool and Scotland to receive the recognition.

As part of the official launch, Richmond School welcomed guests from the German Embassy and Goethe Institut to celebrate with language teachers students, governors and trustees.

The event was an whistle-stop tour through German culture and included speeches, films, dances and music.

Jenna Potter, headteacher at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, said she was honoured with the Partners for the Future status.

She said: “We are incredibly excited at the prospect of being a Goethe Institut Partner School – it will bring enriched opportunities for all.

“In an ever-changing world we try hard every day to help our students to have really high aspirations and broad horizons in order that they may have the widest possible choice of employment in adult life.”

Dr Georgia Herlt, from the Goethe Institut, said: “Richmond School and Sixth Form College, as part of the Areté Learning Trust, has always been proud of its tradition offering German as part of its rich and rewarding modern foreign languages’ curriculum.

“With the German PASCH network, and the initiative concerning the STEM subjects offered by the Goethe-Institut, this will further enhance this focus.”