The Modern Foreign Languages Department is an enthusiastic and hard-working department in which standards and expectations are of the highest level. We are committed to using God’s gift of language to promote understanding, respect, tolerance, creativity and self-confidence. We encourage and support all students to aim high and aspire to achieve their best. Our vision is to inspire a love of language and to give our young people new and different experiences of their world.
All students in Year 7 study Spanish. In Year 8 students continue to study Spanish and some students begin to study French also. Students follow the ¡Viva! in Spanish and Dynamo course in French. At the end of Year 9, students choose which language they would like to continue to learn at GCSE. Those students who have studied both French and Spanish are given the opportunity to continue to study one or both languages at GCSE. Teaching and Learning is enhanced by the use of a wide range of resources which promote a variety of experiences to acquire and consolidate language skills including the independent online learning resource: Active Teach.
At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus and use the ¡Viva! for AQA GCSE coursebook which has been written specifically for this programme of study. Students who have GCSE Level skills in other Community Languages have the opportunity to take a GCSE examination in that language, where possible, at any time in Key Stage 3 or 4.
Spanish and French are offered at A-Level. Classes are small and therefore able to meet the needs of each student. Students follow the AQA A-Level syllabus and are each provided with a course textbook which has been written specifically for this programme of study. In addition, students are able to access Boost which is an online personalised learning service, providing a wide range of interactive listening and reading exercises designed to assist students with their independent study.
Mrs L Flintham – Subject Leader
Miss S Cooling
Miss A Sandiford
Mrs R Carter