Modern Languages


All students will study either French or Spanish in Year 7, 8 and 9. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7 and then in ability sets in Year 8 and Year 9. Currently they have 5 one hour periods a fortnight in Year 7 and 9 and four one hour periods in Year 8.

A small number of students may have a reduced timetable of MFL in order for them to improve their standard in English or Mathematics.

Students will study the grammar of the language and develop the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in order to be able to communicate effectively in the language. They will be encouraged to use the language spontaneously and also to be able to translate into and from the language. Activities in lessons include pair work, group work, individual work and use of ICT. Students are provided with a wealth of resources in order to help them learn. These include vocabulary and workbooks and access to a range of subscription websites. Homework is set weekly and may include vocabulary learning, workbook activities or research. Students are assessed formally three times a year and are kept informed of their current standard and what they need to do to improve. Students also learn a little about the culture of France or Spain.


In KS4 students have the opportunity to continue the study of the language they have been learning to GCSE using the AQA specification. In the exam, each skill is worth 25% of the final grade and students must either be entered for Foundation Level 9 (Grades1-5) or Higher Level (Grades 4-9).There is no coursework, but there is an oral exam which will be taken before the main examination period. Further details are in the KS4 prospectus.


We offer A level French and Spanish using the AQA specification. Further details are in the KS5 prospectus which can be found here.

The department has a good track record of examination success and regularly receives very positive feedback from students and parents.