The Modern Languages department has six language teachers, each with his or her own classroom that is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The department also has a 30 PC ICT suite to support language development. We also work with our primary feeders and have extensive links overseas. We are also a hub for international students visiting London and offer them a variety of experiences.
All students in years 7 and 8 three languages - French, German and Spanish. All are expected to take at least one language to GCSE with a growing number opting for two. We offer all languages in the sixth form.
The department is committed to enriching language development and runs at least one foreign visit per year group.
Implicit in the teaching and learning of languages is use of each of the four key skills of listening and responding, speaking, reading and responding, and writing. Speaking and writing each represent 30% of the total mark and reading and listening represent the remaining 40% split equally between them. All information relating to courses, assessment and reporting can be found by following the curriculum link.
A good bilingual dictionary for each language is an essential requirement for every student.
We offer immersion teaching starting in year 8. The students study about 45% of their timetable in the chosen language and will do so for the four years up to GCSE. In 2014-15 this will be Spanish, having been French for the last two years.
About the Curriculum
The attainment targets in MFL set out the knowledge, skills and understanding that students of different abilities and maturities are expected to have by the end of key stage 3. Attainment targets consist of eight level descriptions of increasing difficulty, plus a description of exceptional performance above level 8. Each level description describes the type and range of performance that students working at that level should characteristically demonstrate.