Modern Foreign Languages

We are a dedicated department of four members of staff with a passion for Languages. We are enthusiastic about our subject and keen to ensure that our students develop a lifelong love of learning other languages and discovering other cultures.

During KS3 and KS4, we will be developing the four skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing so our students can communicate effectively. Our aim is to provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their confidence, improve their independent learning skills and to foster a love of other languages and cultures. Students will be set homework on a regular basis using a variety of methods but we also encourage students to develop their language learning skills using other methods such as www.memrise,com, amongst others.

Meet the Team

Miss Sirvin, Head of Department (French, Latin & Spanish)
Mrs Fulford, Teacher of MFL (German, French & Spanish)
Mr O’Neill, Teacher of MFL (French& German)
Mrs Priest, Assistant Principal and Teacher of MFL (French, Spanish & German)

Key Stage 3

The French course at Key Stage 3 provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to either access a French GCSE course or start German, Spanish or Latin in Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 pupils cover a variety of topics and they learn to understand and communicate at a basic level in the foreign language through a wide variety of different activities. In Year 8 we continue to build on pupils’ acquisition of language by covering the topics below and using the skills, grammar and higher level structures which are required for the GCSE.


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Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) in French (QN 60181576)
AQA GCSE (9-1) in German (QN 6018159X)
AQA GCSE (9-1) in Spanish (QN 6018160)

The course covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.
Learners are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French/German/Spanish is spoken

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends – marriage and relationships
  • Technology in everyday life – social media/mobile technology
  • Free-time activities – music, cinema and TV, food/eating out/ sport
  • Customs and festivals

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues – charity/voluntary work, healthy and unhealthy living
  • Global issues – the environment, poverty, homelessness
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Students will be assessed at the end of the three years in four skill areas each worth 25% of the final grade.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact:

Key Stage 5

AQA A level in French
AQA A level in German

Studying a language at A level helps students develop confidence, effective communication skills in the language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where that language is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in the foreign language with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French of German in a variety of contexts and genres.
This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE French or German and who wish to study these Languages at a higher level.

The topics studied focus on current issues of the Target Language countries, its cultural and political life. We also study a film in Y12 and a book in Y13.

The four skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) are assessed at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing 2hr30 100 marks
Paper 2: Writing on the film and the book 2hrs 80 marks
Paper 3: Speaking 21-23mins 60 marks

Enrichment Opportunities for MFL

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.