Three talented Birkdale linguists, Aleksi Anderson, Reuben Conway and Rafal Faraj, have been awarded 4 week scholarships at the Beijing Language & Culture University this summer. The Confucius Institute Scholarships offer students the academic and educational opportunity of a lifetime. Recipients are immersed in the language and culture of China for a four-week period. Alongside daily Mandarin classes, there is an extensive programme of cultural visits and activities. This prestigious award is well deserved; the students have worked hard over the past two years to learn Mandarin alongside their GCSE and A Level studies. They are currently working towards their HSK 3 examination.

Birkdale are delighted that the boys have received this honour and are confident that this opportunity will allow them to make even more rapid progress in their language skills. It will no doubt prove to be a truly life-changing experience.