Modern Foreign Languages


Welcome to the wonderful world of languages! Learning a foreign language is a life skill and provides an opening to other cultures.

Through the teaching and learning, students build a communicative repertoire, enabling them to express their ideas and thoughts in another language.

Their learning at KS3 provides a foundation for learning further languages in the future, and as students learn how the new language works, they become much more aware of the structure of English, which improves their overall literacy.

Pupils are assessed on an ongoing basis to help them realise that language learning is something that should not and cannot be ‘crammed for’ before one major assessment at the end of a school year.

Language learning is a continual process that builds constantly on previous vocabulary and grammar mastery. For this reason we recommend regular vocabulary learning, revision and consolidation from class notes. Assessment tasks test listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and also grammar manipulation and take place at the end of every cycle of learning towards the end of term.

Meet the Team

  • Ms J Curtis – Faculty Director of MFL/li>
  • Mrs H Mersh - French and Spanish
  • Mrs D Whyton-Owen - French and Spanish
  • Mrs M Salmon - French

The Vision:

To be a department that creates an appreciation of language and culture through autonomy and adventure with the foreign language.

Our Aim:

To improve expectations, attainment and achievement of all students through a curriculum and ethos that is designed to inspire, stimulate and match students' needs and aspirations. The department is staffed by experienced subject specialists who are driven to share their passion for their languages and the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken. The staff members want to enable all students to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign language and be able to learn invaluable understanding of their own languages, whilst building life skills.

What Will You Learn?

In years 7, 8 and 9 French or Spanish is taught for two lessons a week. During the course of year 9, students are given the opportunity to opt for French or Spanish as a GCSE in years 10 and 11. In years 7 and 8 students follow a ‘Mastery Curriculum’ and in year 9 follow a ‘Bridging Curriculum’ to ensure they are well prepared for the GCSE 1-9.

KS3 Curriculum Information


KS3 (Years 7-9) Assessment

At the end of each learning cycle towards the end of term, students are assessed in 3 of the 4 skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Data is captured 3 times throughout the year to measure progress and identify areas of support.


Students are set a variety of homework activities on a regular basis. Vocabulary learning homework is tested formally throughout the course. Other homework tasks set between the vocabulary learning tasks will focus on listening, speaking, reading or writing skills or grammar structures. In the first term there is a homework project to complete which helps the students learn more about the countries that speak the language they are studying. In further terms we employ a homework menu which encourages creativity, independence and challenge.


Students must bring a blue or black, a green and a highlighter pen as well as a glue stick to each lesson.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE French and Spanish

French and Spanish are studied in years 10 and 11 for three periods a week. The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All four skills are tested externally at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information


Key Stage 4 Assessment

The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All skills are terminal exams sat in the summer of year 11 and each paper is worth 25%. The speaking exam takes place with subject teachers but is marked by an external examiner.

Extended Study Information

Students are encouraged to develop their language learning further by reading and listening to authentic language online. We recommend the following:

For Spanish

For French

General Information

Useful Skills

Language learning especially appeals to people who enjoy logical thinking and pattern spotting: if you are good at maths or music, then you are probably a great linguist.

A good understanding of basic grammar in English (or another language) is essential to language learning. Most importantly, you must want to communicate with others and have an interest in other cultures.