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Modern Foreign Languages

Philosophy and Aims

The learning of a language helps to prepare pupils for a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in a language other than English. Despite the advent of Brexit, trends in international commerce and globalisation means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed by industry in the international workplace. Our ethos is to pupils’ confidence and competence in language learning as well as to exploit cultural links and opportunities. Once the skills of language acquisition are mastered in one modern foreign language, the same skills are transferable to other languages. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish and French culture as well as cultivate the skills to communicate effectively in both languages.  

In Year 7, 8 and 9 all pupils are taught Spanish and French. Although some students may have learned other languages in their primary schools, we build on previous language learning by drawing from their previous experiences. Students study a variety of topics to give them a solid understanding of the language.  

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By the end of Year 9 students will be equipped to take their studies in Spanish and French further into KS4 to gain a GCSE in these subjects, should they wish to choose these options. 

Students currently in Years 10 and 11 have chosen to continue their language studies in GCSE Spanish and French. They are also able to pursue their studies by opting to do A Level Spanish. 

We are very proud of our outcomes at both GCSE and A Level in Spanish, and it is very encouraging to see that we are experiencing strong year-on-year growth in our offering at KS4 and KS5 in Modern Foreign Languages.  



GCSE Syllabus: 

Edexcel GCSE Spanish (2016)
Edexcel GCSE French (2016)

GCE Syllabus: 

Edexcel A Level Spanish (2016)

MFL - French Curriculum Review MFL - Spanish Curriculum Overview