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Modern Foreign Languages


Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment.

The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Every member of the MFL department teaches French and Spanish. We also have two native foreign language assistants who take students for conversation lessons in small groups.

Enthusiasm and the enjoyment of teaching our subjects are what motivate us. Lessons are lively and varied with ample opportunity for speaking the language.

Our annual trips abroad are highly popular and provide pupils with plenty of opportunity to practise what has been learnt. We visit places such as Boulogne, Paris in France and Barcelona in Spain.

Our co-curricular activities add further value to the learning experience. These include our Latin club, Spanish club, and sessions for extra speaking practice. If you want to learn more about our department, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The aims of the MFL department are:

  • To encourage each pupil to fulfil their potential, whether they are absolute beginners or near native speakers.
  • To promote languages and the enjoyment of learning a language.
  • To widen our pupils’ horizons.
  • To promote tolerance of viewpoints, attitudes and cultures other than one's own.

KS3 (Year 7-9)

All our pupils study a language until year 9. Year 7 alternates between learning either French or Spanish. We use a range of techniques to engage students in their learning and in the lives of people living in the taught languages’ countries.

The four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are continually assessed and techniques like role-play, peer assessment, games and modelling of responses are used to support students. We cover a range of topic areas including; “me and my life”, “healthy eating”, “sport and free-time”, “holidays”, “food and drink” and “school and education”.

Students are awarded a National Curriculum level at the end of Year 9.

KS4 (Year 10-11)

Pupils can opt to continue their study in either French or Spanish (depending on what they have studied to date) at GCSE. Pupils have ten language lessons over the two week timetable.

Ms Castry Curriculum Leader of Modern Languages