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Gujarati School

This page is designed to give you some information about SBM Gujarati School. There is more detail in our printed folder which can be obtained from SBM.

Shree Bharatiya Mandal provides teaching of gujarati language. Everyone is welcome. We cater for all abilities and the school is managed by Head Teacher, Mrs Chetana Bhatt-Shah MAEd JP

Where is the school?

The Gujarati School classes are held at Shree Bharatiya Mandal, The Indian Community Centre, 103 Union Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 8JN

When do classes take place?

Every Tuesday evening during school term time between from 6.25pm to 8.30pm.


The aim is to:

  • help maintain and develop Gujarati language for individuals within the gujarati community and for the general public.
  • Enable students to gain a GCSE qualification in Gujarati language.

How does learning Gujarati help? Here are some good reasons:-

  • Gujarati families can exercise their right to pass on their cultural and linguistic heritage to their children
  • Children who are given the opportunity to grow up bilingual have many linguistic advantages e.g. divergent thinking
  • Research has shown that learning two languages from an early age promotes more sophisticated brain development which gives bilingual children cognitive advantages
  • If you have access to more than one language you have greater job opportunities
  • Knowing Gujarati will help to maintain links with non-English speaking elders of the extended family in Gujarat, India
  • If you can learn Gujarati as well as English early in life, it is much easier to transfer your language learning skills to French, German, Spanish and so on when you are in secondary school

Who is it for?

Anyone over the age of 6 years can join.

How is Gujarati taught?

All teaching and learning is carried out according to National Curriculum requirements for Community Languages. Annual internal examinations are also carried out in the official format, i.e. Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, each judged according O.C.R examination Board� criteria.

Students learn Gujarati alphabet and grammar through project work, role play, story, drama, language games and many other interesting activities.

In short, the teaching and learning is enjoyable, meaningful and well recommended.

How is the school structured?

We have seven classes starting with Balpothi (Children from 6 years of age) and ending with GCSE exam standard. There are currently approximately 60 students and 6 teachers� Shardaben, Pushpaben, Shilpaben, Diptiben, Kailasben and Padmaben.

Chetanaben is the Head Teacher and Naliniben is the Administrator. All members of staff are voluntary workers.

What are our GCSE results like?

The number of entries for GCSE Gujarati public examination varies from year to year. We entered 31 candidates in 2005. Twenty of whom were entered at higher level and 11at Foundation level. There was 100% success.

In 2006, we entered 11 candidates for GCSE Gujarati and 2 for Hinduism. All received A*-C grades.

Fortunately we have gained 100% pass results in Gujarati and Religious studies, Hinduism, every single year without exception.

What challenges do we work with?

  • Funding and Financial Support from local authority and the government
  • Maintain qualified and experienced staff
  • Maintaining a coherent strategy, standardised teaching materials and consistent method of teaching
  • Teacher training
  • Adequate resources
  • Lack of recognition

The Head Teacher, Mrs. Chetana Bhatt-Shah MAEd JP, draws upon her knowledge, training and experience in mainstream education and in voluntary organisations to create a suitable environment for learning in which individuals can achieve their full potential.

How do we celebrate our achievements?

We have an End Of Year Prize giving and Parents Meeting at the end of summer term when we award certificates to the 3 highest attaining students and a most improved Certificate for making the most effort in each class.

In November we organise the annual GCSE certificate presentation ceremony which includes our renowned Gujarati performances from our students and teachers.

For further information please contact us by completing the online form on this website, write to us or personally during term time at Shree Bharatiya Mandal, The Indian Community Centre, 103 Union Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne OL6 8JN


Upcoming Events

Thu Mar 01 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Sun Mar 18 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Gayatri Yagna
Sun Mar 25 @10:30AM - 02:00PM
Shree Ramnavmi

"Arise and awake and stop not till goal is reached" - Swami Vivekananda