Modern Foreign Languages

Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society; to personal fulfillment; mutual understanding; commercial success and global citizenship. Through the study of a Foreign Language, students understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, people and communities and as they do so begin to think of themselves as citizens of the world as well as the UK. Pupils also learn about the basic structures of language and the importance of communication.

Teaching Staff
Mr Damian Booth Executive Headteacher
Mrs S Phillips Teacher, Second in Culture, Music & Sport Faculty
Miss K Swift Teacher, Head of Culture, Music & Sport Faculty
KS3 Curriculum

As a department, our key principles are to make learning active, deliver engaging and challenging lessons, develop students’ independent learning skills, and give every student the opportunity to achieve their full potential. At Key Stage 3 we primarily focus on French. Students receive four periods a fortnight where all four skill areas of reading, speaking, listening and writing are regularly assessed. As a department, we are aware of the need to adapt and adjust our MFL Curriculum in light of the changes to GCSE from 2016. The focus on skill based learning is a priority for us as a department with the aim being better outcomes for all students.

KS4 Qualifications

is our intention to foster stronger links with our local primaries, in order to ensure a smooth transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.  At Key Stage 4 (for Year 10) we follow the AQA GCSE Specification. The course topics are:

  1. Identity and Culture
  2. Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
  3. Current and Future Study and Employment

All four skill areas are assessed: 25% per skill area. All areas assessed at the end of the course.

Year 11 continue to follow the old AQA Specification (4655) with listening and reading examinations to take place in May 2017.

KS5 Qualifications

The MFL Department are working towards offering A-Level French from September 2018.

SMSC / Enrichment

The department offers students opportunities to go on theatre trips, enter competitions and participate in extra-curricular activities as well as exploring a creative and vibrant subject.

French homework