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Languages

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart” ‒ Nelson Mandela

Having the ability to understand and communicate in different languages is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. The Modern Foreign Languages Department is a passionate team of subject specialists supporting and developing our students’ linguistic abilities in French, German and Spanish; as well as providing opportunities to explore Francophone, Germanic and Hispanic culture.

We embrace a variety of opportunities enabling students to enhance their language learning experience. This includes learning about customs, festivals and traditions in target language speaking countries and communities, MFL Film Club, a successful peer mentoring scheme led by our 6th Form Linguists and our annual ‘Languages Week’ which sees the whole school celebrating a variety of aspects relating to language and culture; music and food proving to be particularly popular! We are currently exploring links with schools in France, Germany and Spain and regularly organise trips both in the UK and abroad; enabling our students to immerse themselves in language and culture.

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3: In Years 7 and 8, per fortnight students study three hours of French plus either three hours of German or Spanish.

Key Stage 4: Most students study French, German or Spanish to GCSE level. They have five hours of lessons per fortnight, which includes time with one of our Foreign Language Assistants.

Key Stage 5: Students can continue to study French, German or Spanish to A-Level. They have nine hours of lessons per fortnight, which includes small group work and individual lessons with one of our Foreign Language Assistants.