Modern Foreign Languages


Years 7-9

Year 7: Pupils in Bakhita, John Paul and Kolbe houses learn French and pupils in Romero, Theresa and McAuley learn Spanish (four hours per fortnight)

Year 8: Year 8 pupils continue learning French or Spanish as before (six hours per fortnight). However, set 1 French will learn Spanish as well and have 3 hours of each language a fortnight; set 6 Spanish will learn French as well and have 3 hours of each language a fortnight.

Year 9: All year 9 pupils learn French (three hours per fortnight) and Spanish (three hours per fortnight)

Years 10-11 (GCSE)

Both French and Spanish are offered for GCSE and some students choose to continue with both.

GCSE pupils have five periods a fortnight in Year 10 and in Year 11.

Where possible, pupils are entered for an additional GCSE in their home language. Polish, Arabic, Russian, Italian, German, Persian and Portuguese have all been taken in recent years.

Years 12-13 (AS/A2)

French and Spanish are offered at A level.

Students also have the opportunity to sit additional A Levels in their native language if they choose; Polish, Russian, German and Arabic have all been taken in recent years.


Years 7-9

In KS3, we base our curriculum around the Allez course in French and Zoom in Spanish. The department is using Kerboodle to support the students’ learning and every pupil has their own login details.

In Year 9 some groups are already working at GCSE level foundation so they feel ready to take on a GCSE in a Language.


We use the AQA course for both GCSE French and Spanish. The department is using Kerboodle to support the students’ learning and every pupil has their own login details.


The AQA specification is also used for AS and A2 French.

Learning is supported by AQA French AS & A2 courses. Students have access to the Dynamic Learning site online to support their learning.


A wide and varied range of additional material is used so that pupils are exposed to authentic materials in the target language.

We subscribe to some excellent language learning websites to allow students to work independently on improving their skills, including Quizlet and Kerboodle for which students have their own login details. In class, we practise and learn vocabulary through the TaskMagic software.


We run yearly competitions.

The first one is to celebrate European Day of Languages. Students in year 7 are registered on VocabExpress and learn vocabulary in order to score points. This is an international competition which lasts a whole week. The top 25 students receive Languages certificates but everybody who is involved get a participation certificate.

In February, we are involved in a Linguistics challenge through the UKLO (UK Linguistics Olympiad). This is a house event and houses compete to solve linguistics problems. This is a team effort and a real head scratcher!

Finally, KS3 classes will be involved in a Eurovision song contest in the Summer term. They will all prepare cover songs in French and/or Spanish of famous artists and perform them in front of an audience who will judge the best performers.


In Year 7, pupils are offered the chance to visit France. In summer 2017, year 7 visited the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France in a repeat of our very successful 2015 and 2016 visits to the area. The trip will run again in 2018. Letters are available from the main office.

From Year 8, pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in a Spanish exchange. The exchange is based on a Science project between our School and a school in Ourense. Spanish students come and visit our local area and the school while we go to their school and visit their region.


Dr Burguin (Director of Learning)

Mr Hurley (Deputy Director of Learning)

Mrs Galletly (Assistant Head – RSL at KS3)

Ms Hernandez-Orza

Mr Orme

Mrs Hoy


For more information on the Modern Languages department, please contact either Dr Burguin or Mr Hurley at school.