Ms F Lagrange: Director of Learning and teacher of French
Mrs R Brown: Teacher of Spanish
“Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another's language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them”.
- Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word
The ability to communicate in a foreign language is becoming more and more important; therefore, it is our responsibility to give our pupils the necessary language skills to enable them to be highly employable and become global citizens. We also believe that studying a foreign language helps pupils to become more aware of their own language; consequently, their literacy and communication skills in English also improve. Our lessons use a wide variety of activities covering the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Key Stage 3
We use the Studio curriculum, which follows the new curriculum.
Key Stage 4
We follow the Edexcel SoW.
For current Y11: there are four components, each worth 25% (Reading and Understanding, Listening and Understanding) and papers are tiered.
Compulsory topics will be linked to identity and culture; local, national international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment. Papers include:
- short translations from and into the target language
- some target-language questions in the reading and listening paper
- authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts.
Further information can be found on the Pearson's website.
Every year, we offer residential visits to France, as well as Spain, as we believe that these experiences enrich the students’ learning and also develop their cultural awareness of the countries.