Modern Languages

French, German & Spanish

We are a vibrant and innovative department consisting of a team of five enthusiastic and dedicated language teachers. We operate collaboratively and are passionate about our subject, working hard to inspire our pupils with a love of language and foreign culture.

In addition to our classroom activities, we run a successful French exchange programme with a Marist School in Toulon for years 9 and 10 pupils.  We are currently pursuing similar links with Marist schools in Spain and Germany. We have also established a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils including our weekly Club Lingua and our monthly Bi-Lingual’s Club. In addition, all year 7 pupils take part in the Routes for Languages French Spelling Bee.



All pupils study at least one language to GCSE. On arrival in year 7, they study French and follow the accelerated French course, Studio 1. At the end of year 7, pupils choose a second language, either Spanish or German, which they study until the end of year 9.  


All pupils study at least one language at GCSE either French, German or Spanish. We follow the Edexcel exam board for all of our MFL public exams.

The Edexcel GCSE in French/German/Spanish allows students to develop their ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing. They will study across a variety of contexts relevant to their age and interests. They will also develop a greater awareness of culture of the target language communities and countries. Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary & cultural themes. They are organised into five themes:

  • Identity & culture

  • Local area, holiday, travel

  • School

  • Future aspirations, study & work

  • International and global dimension

The new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G grades and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set & marked by Edexcel. The papers will be tiered (Foundation or Higher), with 25% assessment weightings in each of the four skills of listening, reading, speaking & writing. Students must be entered for a single tier across all papers. They will complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

Paper will include:

  • Short translations from & into the target language

  • Some target-language questions in the reading & listening paper

  • Authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts

Beyond GCSE

This qualification offers a suitable progression route to GCE AS & GCE A Level in French, German or Spanish. In addition, the study of one language at GCSE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile. Students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to authentic, real-life contexts. They will develop transferable skills that support higher education study and the transition to employment, together with an understanding & appreciation of the target language countries & cultures.