The Eltham College Spanish Department is a thriving Hispanic community within Eltham College with students being challenged linguistically at every level, from beginners in Year 8 to Oxbridge candidates in Year 13. We are based within the Modern Languages Deptartment which will be moving into the new Turberville Building in December 2018.


Students are given the opportunity to start this successful and very highly regarded versatile language in Year 8 for three periods a week and they continue into Year 9. They can then select to study Spanish for iGCSE in Years 10 and 11 and can choose it for A level in Sixth Form.

More than a third of the year group opt to take Spanish as their GCSE language when students have four teaching periods per week. From September 2013 we started teachinh the Edexcel iGCSE.

Trips, activities and clubs

A whole variety of trips have been enjoyed by many Eltham Hispanists over the past few years. Younger students have been on trips to Catalunya and will go, this year, to the Sierra de Gredos.

The Spanish department regularly organises language study visits in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 to important cultural destinations including Barcelona, Madrid and Salamanca and Jerez. Students receive intensive language tuition (conversation and grammar revision) in order to hone their skills in preparation to taking public examinations.

Cultural visits to Mexico and Cuba have brought students a rich and varied insight into the political, economic and social dimensions of these very diverse but equally dynamic Spanish speaking countries. Cultural visits to the Americas bring the language alive and make its learning that more tangible!

Additionally, we run excursions to see productions at Sadler’s Wells (Flamenco show, Ballet Revolucion – a cuban modern ballet show), Havana Rakatan (Cuban floor show), the Baron’s Court Theatre, and we go to cinema workhops at the BFI every June to study the work of the Spanish film director – Pedro Almodovar. We have entered competitions in theatre, debating and poetry translation. In short, there is much going on to keep our students challenged both within and without the classroom.


  • Mr J Houghton MA (Head of Spanish and Chaplain)
  • Miss M Mateos BA