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Modern Languages

The department prides itself on its close links with France, Germany and Spain. It is led by a Head of Languages, who is also Head of Spanish, a Head of French and a Head of German. There are a further seven members of staff each of whom teaches two languages. Staff and students also enjoy the contribution made by our Language Assistants who are appointed on a yearly basis.

Students learn to communicate effectively in the foreign language, gain an awareness of how the language functions and an insight into the culture and civilisation of the country. Lessons are enjoyable and stimulating: the emphasis from the start is on creating an environment where students are encouraged to use the language as a natural means of communication.

All students study French in Year 7. They may also begin German or Spanish in Year 8. Many students, therefore, study two languages until the end of Year 9 and must then continue at least one of them up to GCSE. In practice, many students take two languages at GCSE.

AS and A2 courses are offered in French, German and Spanish.

Lessons take place in a suite of specialist rooms equipped with CD/DVD players plus computer and data projectors in all rooms. The Department also has a Sanako 100 language facility. A wide range of audiovisual material is used to supplement teaching, including live satellite broadcasts in French, German and Spanish. Every effort is made to encourage interest in languages through visits, exchanges and other language events.

Visit our individual language departments:

Girls Division Language Department

Girls at work in the Sanako Language Lab

Girls Division Language Department Students

Pupils taking part in a Russian taster session

Girls in MFL Debating Competition

Girls enjoy success in the MFL Debating Competition