Modern Foreign Languages
The study of Modern Foreign Languages promotes pupil competence and confidence by allowing the student to practise and apply a variety of skills, independently, in pairs, in groups and in whole class situations.
Language teaching and learning is concerned with the acquisition of creative and literary skills through classroom interaction, study skills through research, planning, drafting and refining, and vocational skills through the development of competence in problem solving. By developing students’ awareness of language patterns and strategies students are able to communicate effectively in the target language and will also foster a sympathetic awareness of similarities and differences between different cultures.
Departmental Achievements 2014/2015
80% of French A2 students achieved grades A*B and 100% of Spanish A2 students achieved grades A*B
86% of French AS students and 75% of Spanish AS students achieved A*C grades.
66% of French GCSE students achieved grades A*-C and 57% of Spanish GCSE students achieved grades A*-C.
Every year a significant number of our A-Level students choose to continue their study of a foreign language at University.
Our students are regularly awarded with postcards home for positive attitude and outstanding contributions to lessons and completion of homework.
Students study French throughout Year 7 & 8 and dual linguists study both French and Spanish in Year 9. All students who are able to secure a good grade in either French or Spanish are strongly advised to take a foreign language at GCSE. Parents understand the value of this qualification and the advantage it gives students in later life, as well as it’s intrinsic value as a subject at GCSE. Students who do not opt for a foreign language will be required to take an additional GCSE in another subject.
Students can further their foreign language studies at AS/A2 and a Polish GCSE and A-Level is also available to native speakers.
Our sixth form students often organise projects for example running an after school film club with films ranging from animation like “A town called panic” to “A very long engagement” depending on the audience and language background or by offering to buddy younger MFL students.
Our education visit to Normandy allows Year 8 students to experience French culture and language for themselves at local markets and towns as well as visiting historical places of interest such as Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry and the Normandy landing beaches.
We also intend to offer an educational visit to a Castilian speaking area of Spain in the near future.
Our sixth form students have also contributed to the Mock United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA) in Grenoble.
“Learning Modern Languages has given me the skills that are not only applicable in a classroom situation and I use them every day. It’s more than just a lesson – it’s a way of life.”
Course and exam body:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-4655 French GCSE current Yr 10 & 11 and will continue with Yr 11 next year
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-4695 Spanish GCSE Current Yr 10 & 11 and will continue with yr 11 next year
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658 French GCSE to begin teaching with Yr 10 in sept 2016
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698 Spanish GCSE to begin teaching with Yr 10 in sept 2016
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-2650 French AS & A Level current Yr 12 & 13 and will continue with Yr 13 next year
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-2695 Spanish AS & A Level current Yr 12 & 13 and will continue with Yr 13 next year
The new spec for French and Spanish AS/A2 for year 12:
Miss Forster Head of Languages
Mrs Peate Teacher of French and Lead Practitioner
Mrs Letissier Teacher of French and Head of Year
Miss Bradley Teacher of Spanish and French & Assistant Head of 6th Form
Mrs Bosch Spanish Language Assistant and Teacher of Spanish
Mr Françoise French Language Assistant