Our vision in the Modern Foreign Languages department is that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. We aim to support students to understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences; ensuring that topics contains an element of cultural reference to not only the target language country, but the wider Francophone and Hispanic spheres.

The department is committed to developing strong, lifelong linguistic skills and to encourage students to become curious and interested in the world. Through developing awareness of linguistic structures and grammar to communicate in a foreign language, our pupils also become more literate users of English.  Ultimately, we want our students to have a love of languages and be effective communicators, and aim to achieve this by nurturing a linguistic curiosity and an intrinsic motivation to explore and respect other cultures and people.


French and Spanish are taught by a team of committed professionals, who work closely together. We aim to develop each pupil's range of language skills to the full and to develop an interest in both the language and culture.

Modern Foreign Languages are taught to groups of students of similar abilities. We feel that this system gives the most able students the chance to progress rapidly, while allowing us to offer additional support to students who need it. All students, regardless of ability, are encouraged to discuss their work with their teachers. Individual advice and guidance are given freely both in and out of class times. The progress of all students is carefully and regularly monitored, and movement between sets occurs at regular and appropriate intervals.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department has high expectations of all pupils and we encourage our students to achieve their absolute best. We take great pride in the progress we see from year to year.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, most students study both French and Spanish

Year 7 and 8

Students in sets 1-3, study  five hours of languages per fortnight. One half of the year will do three hours of French and two hours of Spanish. The reverse applies to the other half. This will then be reversed again in Year 8 to allow all students to have experienced the same amount of curriculum time in both languages.

In sets 3 and 4, students study French only, with the exception of 7A, who only start to study French in Year 8.

Year 9

At the end of year 8 students in sets 1-3, opt to continue with either French or Spanish. This allows them to benefit  from five hours of their chosen language per fortnight, in preparation for GCSE. We start the GCSE course part way through Year 9. Provision can be made for those students who wish to continue with both languages.

Over three years we study a range of topics including personal information, free time activities, Paris, holidays, education and work, healthy lifestyles, home and local area.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed in Years 7, 8 and 9 at regular intervals, and are each worth 25% of the final assessment level awarded.

Homework may involve a range of tasks such as written work, research tasks, vocabulary learning. Homework is set and marked regularly, according to College Policy.

Key Stage 4

All students in sets 1 and 2 in Year 9, will opt to take either French or Spanish at GCSE level in Year 10.

Students in lower sets can choose to take French or Spanish GCSE as an option.

We follow the AQA GCSE Specification in both languages. Currently, listening and reading are both assessed in an Exam in the May of Year 11 and are each worth 20% of the final GCSE Grade. Speaking and writing are assessed as Controlled Assessments throughout years 10 and 11 and are each worth 30% of the final GCSE Grade. The GCSE topics studied in Year 10 and 11 are Health, Relationships and Choices, Leisure, Holidays, Home and Local Area, Environment, Work and Education.

The current Year 10 are studying for the new 1-9 GCSE, which will be assessed in  2018, during the specified exam period in April and May. Each skill area- listening, speaking, reading and writing, will have equal weighting and will contribute 25% each to the final grade awarded. The GCSE themes studied are Identity and Culture, Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest and Current and future study and employment.

Homework may include a range of tasks including extended written tasks, past examination papers and vocabulary learning. Homework is set and marked regularly, according to College Policy.


Curriculum Overviews

The curriculum overview for French

The curriculum overview for Spanish


The MFL Team

Mrs K Mercer (Curriculum Leader MFL / Learning Coordinator of French)

Ms R Wiseman  (Assistant Curriculum Leader MFL / Learning Coordinator of Spanish)

Ms F Moules

Ms M Pitou

Mr J Lewixon


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