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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Langauges

Our aim in the MFL department is to help develop skills in all our students which enables them to use French and or Spanish to a high standard in their future career and lives.  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, their school life and their holidays and as well they will be to looking at the local area in which they live and the environment.  As French and Spanish are EBAC Qualification subjects, those students who do study a modern foreign language to GCSE and beyond are more likely to be accepted at university and find a professional career 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 based 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 carefully planned and important step along the educational journey and requires careful thought and reflection.  Students must be able to communicate and understand a degree of the target language and be able to display this in examination conditions.

All examinations for French and Spanish GCSE now take place at the end of Year 11. We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4 in MFL:

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish

Students who study at A Level need to be either fluent in writing and speaking or at least hold a Grade 6 in the language at GCSE. Advanced levels courses provide students with the options of following a pathway which will enable them to forge a career using languages.

We offer the following courses at Key Stage 5 in MFL:

  • A Level French
  • A Level Spanish


Students who have studies languages at GCSE go on to 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 Friday for Year 11 and Ms Glymidou has a French club every Tuesday. Miss Arcos-Villanueva runs the Year 11 enrichment Spanish during lunchtimes.

We also offer a Korean enrichment club on a Tuesday at 3.15-4.15 which is open to all students but this is taught by an external teacher as part of a link we have with the Korean Embassy.Curriculum


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