Modern Foreign Languages

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Head of Learning
Subject Teachers

Mr R Shepherd
Subject Leader MFL

Mr R Shepherd


Miss L Pointer


Mrs C Rule


Miss N Rubio-Gavilan


Mrs S Frorath


Department Vision

Our department is committed to raising standards within our subject area through high-quality teaching, which employs a variety of teaching methods. Our aim is to engender a passion for language learning within the young people that we teach and to provide them with the skills to be ‘life-long’ language learners. We provide them with opportunities to learn about and experience other cultures (primarily French and Spanish) through lessons, email projects and visits; this is supported by links we have developed with French and Spanish schools. We believe in making the use of MFL relevant to the pupils by integrating technology and authentic materials into lessons whenever possible.

Sixth Form

We currently offer AQA French (2650) in the sixth form. At AS level the students study a range of topic areas:

  • Communication technologies, Internet and advertising.
  • Youth culture
  • Sport and health
  • Family life and marriage

Four main units are covered, each containing 3 subtopics. Assessment for AS comprises 2 terminal papers, one speaking (30% of AS and 15% of A-Level) and one for listening, reading and writing (70% of AS and 35% of A-Level).

At A-Level students study social and environmental issues including recycling, racism and immigration. They must also study a theme of their choice in the context of a French speaking country, as well as a film, book or artistic work from a French speaker. Assessment for A2 comprises 2 terminal papers, one speaking (15%) and one for listening, reading and writing (35%).

From September 2016 we will be offering the new AQA A-Level in French. Please follow the link below to see details of the new course.

AQA AS Level (7651) French Specification


Other Information

As a department, we run an annual cultural trip to Lille's Christmas market as well as holding activity days to celebrate The European Day of Languages and Bastille Day, which are cross-curricular events. We have also developed links with a language school and a French school, who visit with their students.

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