Modern Foreign Languages

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."

- Rita Mae Brown

We strongly believe that the study of different languages and cultures is a vital part of the development of young people. It is through the understanding of other languages and cultures that we come to understand our own better. Moreover, the process of learning another language leads to the acquisition and development of key skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving and independent thinking.

Languages in Year 7

In Year 7 all students study both Spanish and French, with a strong focus on:

  • the skills and strategies that will enable them to cope with an unfamiliar language

  • pupils being able to ask and respond to everyday questions confidently

  • developing an understanding of the French and Spanish Speaking World

Languages in Year 8

At the end of Year 7 pupils choose which language they will study throughout year 8. Over the course of the year they will continue to develop and build on what they learnt in year 7 resulting in them being able to:

  • demonstrate a range of skills and strategies needed to function in another language

  • participate in the type of conversations likely to be useful when on holiday

  • talk about key aspects of life in other countries

Languages at GCSE

Pupils can choose to study one or both languages at GCSE. Both courses are incredibly varied, covering three engaging themes: theme 1- identity and culture; theme 2 - local, national, international and global areas of interest; theme 3 - current and future study and employment.
Pupils are guided through the development and acquisition of:

  • an extensive vocabulary

  • the ability to understand and apply a wide range of grammatical concepts

  • the development of high level linguistic skills

  • a broad and deep understanding of the cultures associated with their chosen language(s)

Due to the challenging nature of the course, there is a strong emphasis on independent learning with pupils able to access a wide range of resources to support their learning at home. By the end of the course pupils should be able to speak, read, write and understand their chosen language(s) to a decent level opening up many opportunities for them.
(It may also be possible for pupils to obtain a GCSE in another language should they already have a good grasp of it).

Staff Members


Subject Lead of MFL

Mrs Kristen Mounce

01805 623531 Ext. 355


Mr Matthew Anderson

Mrs Lena Miller

Mrs Kristen Mounce

Mr John Stanier