Last week the Dean Close Modern Foreign Languages department sent an intrepid team of Fourth Form linguists to GCHQ for the GCHQ ALL Language Challenge, held in conjunction with the Association for Language Learning South West England.  The team, made up of Lucy Humphreys, Lydia Coniam, Anthony Chihota and Jamie Treatman-Clark, had qualified as one of eight finalist schools from the West of England.  The team presented a guide to Valencia, in Spanish, and were commended for the clarity of their language and the quality of slides which gave a real flavour of the city.  The overall quality of the eight finalists was very high for Year 9 students and illustrated the vibrancy of languages in our region and also GCHQ’s demand for, and appreciation of, good linguists.  In the afternoon the team had taster lessons in Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Persian and Russian which they found very interesting as well as a explanation of language career options from the GCHQ linguist team.  It was a very insightful and stimulating day for all.