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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Langauges

The aim for the MFL department is that we want to develop skills in our students which enables them to use French and or Spanish to a high standard in their future career  and lives.  The students will be assessed on their speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.  They will study a range of topics, such as talking about their own lives to looking at the local area in which they live and the environment.  Students who do study a modern foreign language to GCSE and beyond are more likely to be accepted at university and find a profession in the future.

At Key Stage 3 students follow the national curriculum, which comprises listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language.  The work is topic bases and students will be exposed to a large amount of vocabulary and grammar along the way. For this reason we consider it an essential requirement that students develop a high degree of literacy to be able to understand and interact with others in later life and the ability to speak more than one language supports this.

At Key Stage 4 the transition is a very important step along the educational journey and requires careful thought and reflection.  We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4 in MFL :

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish

We offer the following courses at Key Stage 5 that provide students with the options of following a pathway which will enable them to forge a career using languages.

  • A Level French
  • A Level German
  • A Level Spanish


Through our courses students can follow a number of career pathways including translation, banking and investment, marketing, human resources, law and teaching.


Mr Scrimshaw runs a French enrichment club every Tuesday at the same time Miss Arcos-Villanueva runs the same for Spanish.  We also offer a Korean enrichment club on a Tuesday at 3.15-4.15 which is open to all students and this is taught by an external teacher as part of a link we have with the Korean Embassy.Curriculum KS3 

Mr Matthew Scrimshaw Associate Assistant Principal: Head of MFL & Enterprise
Miss Arcos-Villanueva Teacher of MFL
Ms Anthoula Glymidou Teacher of MFL