Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Department aim to provide a stimulating and positive learning environment in which students can achieve their true potential in all skill areas. We offer a variety of learning styles and hope that all students will be able to communicate successfully in French and Spanish.

We aim to offer an inclusive curriculum - everybody is offered the opportunity to study a Modern Foreign Language and we hope to foster rich and varied links with foreign people through pen friends, trips abroad and educational visits.

The department offers at least one trip abroad per year; past trips have been to Lille, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona - as well as trips to the European Christmas Markets in Manchester! Through these visits we hope to broaden the horizons of our learners, giving them an insight into the wonderful and varied mix of cultures and experiences that the world as a whole has to offer - as well as preparing them for working life. Learning a language opens countless doors to interesting careers – from journalism to travel and tourism, from marketing to translator.

Learning a language doesn’t limit your choices – it extends them! 

During Year 11 students follow GCSE (AQA). There is a wide variety of reference material available such as Métro, Avantage, Equipe, Expo, Route Nationale and A Plus (French) and Arriba, Listos, Vaya, Pronto, Mira and Mola (Spanish). Additional new resources are available, such as online packages of 'Studio' (French) and 'Viva' (Spanish), as well as OUP GCSE AQA course books (foundation and higher tier) in both and Pearson hard copies of as 'Studio' (French) and 'Viva' (Spanish).

Currently, GCSE is 100% examination (Listening 25%, Speaking 25%,Reading 25% and Writing 30%) at both foundation and higher tiers.Students are entered for either foundation or higher in all of the language skills. They will sit terminal examinations in all 4skills, with the Speaking element conducted by their class teacher.

Additional new resources are available, such as 'Studio' (French) and 'Vival' (Spanish), as well as OUP GCSE AQA course books (foundation and higher tier) in both.

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Modern Foreign Languages - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills

Year/Term

Name of Module/Unit


Year 9 

French/Spanish

Autumn Term Me, my family and my friends
Spring Term Technology in daily life 
Summer Term Free time activites

Year 10 

French/Spanish



Autumn 1 Me, my family and my friends   

Autumn 2 Technology in daily life   
Spring 1 Technology/ Free time  
Spring 2 Free time   
Summer 1 Customs and festivals
Summer 2 Hometown, neighbourhood and region

Year 11 

French/Spanish

Autumn 1 Home town and holidays   
Autumn 2 School  
Spring 1 Social issues
Spring 2 Completion of Controlled Assessments
Summer 1 Revision for Listening and Reading papers
Modern Foreign Languages Staff
Mrs L. Giles Head of Department 
Mrs C. Howard Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages  

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