The Modern Foreign Languages department has a fun and positive environment that engages students in all aspects of language learning. Our aim is to make learning enjoyable and allow students, of all abilities, to discover the world of other languages and cultures through games, interactive activities, student-led exercises and research projects.
All teaching is done in target language allowing students to hear and speak the language from the moment they walk through our doors. Students are actively encouraged to practise the same skills at home and often enjoy teaching their parents, carers and siblings words and phrases they have learned in their lessons – allowing them to explore their own learning through teaching. We believe that this helps bring families together in learning something new, or reviving something from past school days.
Students in year 7 and 8 learn both French and Spanish. Each language is taught alongside each other. This means students have a lesson of French and a lesson of Spanish, every week.. This allows students to learn and use the cognates from each language to improve in the other and shows students that language learning should not be a scary experience.
In year 9, students learn either French or Spanish, dependent on their achievements in year 7 and 8. This is when we start to introduce elements of learning that will push our students to achieve their very best at GCSE.
Those students that opt for Languages at GCSE are put in classes to start this work, from Easter. All other students continue in their language learning and focus on ‘usable’ language for holiday and general conversation.
Residential courses are offered for year 9 and 10 students both in The Opal Coast in France and to Barcelona in Spain. Students have language classes and get to see how different cultures use language in different ways.
IN 2016 95.4% of our students achieved A* - C. The national average was 70% A* - C
We challenge, enthuse and engage our students to achieve their very best.