Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Overview

Languages Taught

We offer French, German and Spanish. Native speakers of these languages and any other foreign language are encouraged to do early entry GCSE in that language. 

Year 7 

Students study one of the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Year 8

Students who have been successful in the study of their first language and who receive a recommendation from their teacher, have the opportunity to pick up a second language.

Year 9

Students begin the three year GCSE course in the language they have been studying in year 7 and 8. Students who have been successful in their first foreign language, receive a recommendation from their teacher to begin the study of a second language, in addition to the language studied in year 7 and 8. The first term of the new language is an intensive beginner’s course. In January students progress to the GCSE course in the second language.

Year 10 and 11

Students continue the GCSE course in one foreign language. This is particularly important for those recommended to follow the EBacc. Bilingual students, who can read and write their home language can be entered for the GCSE early, regardless of their age. 

The exam board for French, German and Spanish:  Edexcel

Year 12 and 13

We strongly encourage able students to continue with a language to A level

  • French Exam board:  Edexcel
  • German Exam board:  Edexcel
  • Spanish Exam board:  Edexcel

Aims of the subject

To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages, and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.

  • To provide the opportunity for all pupils to be able to study at least one foreign language up to a recognised level of competence commensurate with their ability.
  • To show pupils that the learning of a foreign language can be an enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding experience.
  • To enable pupils to develop self-reliance and to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To enable pupils to understand the spoken and written word in the foreign language.
  • To develop the ability to use the foreign language effectively for purposes of practical communication.
  • To enable pupils to recognise grammatical patterns and manipulate language structures for their own purposes.

Staff Contacts


Staff Name Role Email Address
Miss M Warschawsky Head of MFL Faculty
Mrs P Burchell Head of German
Mrs A Reeves Head of French
Mr R Garcia Head of Spanish
Miss R Renfrew  Teacher of French and Spanish
Mr U Sanchez Teacher of Spanish / French /German


  • Educational trips for all key stages e.g., to see foreign language films/plays.
  • Trips to France/Germany/Spain.
  • Visiting theatre companies performing in French/German/Spanish.
  • CafĂ© Sanchez: the opportunity to taste food from France/Germany/Spain

Useful Links (username and password available from your teacher) (username and password available from your teacher or free use after 4pm and at weekends)

  1. GCSE Year 11 Parents Newsletter 2 - Holiday Speaking