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Modern Languages

'A different language is a different vision of life.' - Federico Fellini

English is just not enough. Believe it or not, not everyone speaks or wants to speak English. A language will always be useful, no matter what you do. Languages mean business and speaking a language will make you really stand out. Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory.  They’re good for you!

Languages are a life skill and one which is highly valued by employers. They can help you to develop your problem-solving skills and make you more adaptable, resourceful and creative.  Languages are a social skill too.   Learning how to meet and greet people from other countries and cultures is a valued skill. Learning a language really improves your communication skills.  The skills learned in a language lesson can be transferred to other curriculum subjects.

In class, students will get to study a wide range of topics all about different people and cultures, not just how to speak.  They will read books and magazines, watch films and listen to songs in their native language and amazingly enough will be able to understand them too!  Learners will be able to communicate with people if they choose to go abroad and that is a real achievement.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in exchanges and visits, as well as welcoming people from other countries and cultures into our classrooms.

A good student in MFL has a positive attitude, is open minded, willing to make mistakes and to learn from them. They are inquisitive, risk taking, good guesser and can look for patterns.

Confidence is key for a student to succeed in MFL. Accepting you will make mistakes and being responsible for your own learning is essential for any student. We want all our students to gain a good cultural understanding of French speaking countries.

In MFL learning, we work on four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. 

Please view the curriculum intent section for an overview of the curriculum for each year group.


Miss D Germain: Head of Modern Languages Faculty. Head of French

Miss J Broughton:  French

Ms C de Glanville: French

Mrs H Maxted: French