The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) team aims to provide our students with strong linguistic skills, invaluable in a wide range of careers in today's global economy. Through a variety of interactive learning resources, our students are encouraged to become independent communicators.
We offer a real insight into the different cultures and traditions of French, German and Spanish speaking countries; German and French are currently taught in all three key stages, Spanish in KS3 and, as of September 2016, also in KS4.
The MFL department consists of a team of six dedicated and experienced linguists including two native speakers.
We are a very well-resourced curriculum area occupying a suite of five classrooms equipped with SMART boards with projectors and speakers. At KS3 our schemes of work follow the 'Studio' (French) and Stimmt' (German) and “Viva”(Spanish) online courses. Our KS4 and KS5 courses are well-resourced with supporting online software accessible to students in school and at home.
Extended learning is set in accordance with the school’s extended learning policy: students in Years 7-9 are allocated the equivalent of an hour per cycle. In Years 10-11 students are expected to complete one and a half hours of extended learning each week.
We are proud of our German exchange with St. Anna Gymnasium in Augsburg; this has been running for nearly 30 years. Every year 20 of our Year 9, 10 and 12 students host a partner from Augsburg in March, returning to their host families in July to pursue a full programme of cultural visits.
Students in Year 8 have the opportunity to visit France (Paris), Germany (Moselle Valley) or Spain (Madrid) for five days, to improve their linguistic understanding and enhance cultural awareness.