CUSTOMER STORIES: How Withington Girls’ School uses Sanako?

Sanako software in use in Withington girls school

Withington is a leading independent day school, located in South Manchester, for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are attained within a lively, happy and caring environment. Their outstanding record of achievement is complemented by an extensive range of extracurricular opportunities. Learn how they selected Sanako Study 1200 as their language teaching software.


Withington Girls’ School in a nutshell

Withington Girls’ School has been named North West Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times.

In keeping with the wishes of the school’s founders, the school has remained relatively small to allow for the individual development of all girls, enabling every pupil to reach her full potential in a supportive and friendly environment. The School functions in an atmosphere of respect for self, respect for others and personal responsibility without the need for long lists of rules and regulations.

The girls thrive in a friendly and caring environment; they have – and provide – a lot of fun, and leave to take up their higher education places personally, socially and academically prepared for the next exciting phase of their lives.


How Withington Girls’ School selected Sanako as their preferred language teaching solution?

Languages have always played an important part in the life of the school and it was time for them to look at updating their language teaching facilities. They looked at all language laboratory providers on the market: Sanako’s expertise, reliability and reputation convinced Withington to select Sanako Study 1200 as their preferred solution.

“Sanako Study 1200 appeared to be the best fit as it would facilitate true independent learning and differentiation. In addition, there were a wealth of attractive features such as voice insert, vocabulary testing, telephone dialling but we wanted to see these functions in action and so David Binns from Sanako UK kindly arranged for us to go and visit a number of schools using the Sanako 1200 software.”

“Our advice for other schools would be to spend time doing research, involve the whole of your languages department and IT support team and go and visit a number of different sites and locations and talk to teachers using the software. Sanako provided excellent help in this.”

“Throughout the installation and the first term we have been impressed by the professionalism and approachability of the Sanako technical team who have been prompt to answer queries and offer advice and guidance to ensure we have been able to maximise our use of the software.”

-Yorke Menzies (Head of French, Withington Girls’ School)

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How Withington Girls’ School uses Sanako?

The school started using Sanako Study 1200 as their language teaching software. Sanako Study 1200 is a classroom software that allows teachers to manage language classes more effectively. Study comes with ready-made workflows that allow the teacher to launch language learning activities for the class with few mouse clicks. Their Head of French, Yorke Menzies says:

“All pupils have been keen to use the role play feature and a particular favourite is telephone dialling where pupils can choose who they work with. Model imitation has also proved invaluable when introducing new vocabulary and encouraging pupils to focus on their pronunciation skills. The vocabulary test feature is equally easy to use and personalise and is a useful lesson starter and pupils love trying to beat the clock.”


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