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Modern Languages

Head of Department: Mrs L Clifton

It is increasingly important that students leave school with the ability to speak at least one European language.  The Modern Languages syllabus is designed to enable students to develop a variety of attributes in order to become independent language learners with good communication and interpersonal skills. 

 Students are encouraged to think about grammatical structure and experiment with language, developing an awareness which may enhance their literacy skills and increase performance across the curriculum.  Lessons focus on enabling students to communicate in the target language with increasing confidence and fluency.

French, German and Spanish are offered from Year 7 to an optional subject at GCSE.

Most students learn two of these languages in Year 7 and the emphasis is on acquiring key vocabulary and beginning to recognise patterns.


In Year 8, the majority of students continue to study these languages, making a decision at the end of the year regarding which language they will continue to study in Year 9.  At the end of Year 9, students may elect to study this language at GCSE level.  The most able may wish to consider studying two languages.  All GCSE courses follow the EdExcel specification.


Students are given opportunities to take part in trips to France, Germany and/or Spain, enabling them to develop their use of the target language and gain a greater cultural awareness - a key element of the MFL curriculum.  We also provide students with a range of enrichment activities including the Language Leader Award, Latin Club, the Spelling and Translation Bee and visits to Southampton University's Languages Department.

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