In Year 7, students study either French or Spanish with able linguists (half of the year group) also studying Latin. In Year 8, more able linguists are offered German as a second modern foreign language. The languages curriculum is designed to empower students to have the ability and confidence they need to manipulate language spontaneously in unfamiliar contexts. By focussing on productive skills from the outset, the curriculum aims to overcome barriers to language acquisition to ensure that students are productive and receptive skills are equally strong.
In Year 9, students continue to study one or two languages as they prepare to transition towards following a GCSE course in their chosen language(s) (French, Spanish, German). The vast majority of students opt for at least one language at GCSE and there is also a strong uptake of languages at A Level.
There are three languages on offer at A Level: French, Spanish and German.
Exchanges & Visits
In order to develop their exposure to language, students are encouraged to take part in visits and exchanges at each key stage. In Years 7 – 10, students have the opportunity to take part in numerous trips and visits including:
- Trip to Normandy: during activities week in Year 8
- Trip to Madrid: during activities week in Year 8
- Trip to Black Forest: during activities week in Year 8
- Trip to Berlin: joint German and History trip for Year 10 students
- Trip to Verulamium: for Year 7 Latin students in July
- Trip to Barcelona: during the Spring term for Year 10 students
- Trip to Paris: during the Spring term for Year 10 students
- Theatre and cinema trips: all students will have the opportunity to view a foreign-language production or film at a venue in London
In the Sixth form:
- Trips to universities: students in Year 12 and 13 will have the opportunity to visit MFL departments at top universities
- Theatre and cinema trips: all students will have the opportunity to explore authentic language and culture at a venue in London
- Exchange programme: students are supported to arrange bespoke exchange visits with students in France/Germany/Spain
There are also plenty of opportunities within the department for students to explore their love of languages in the form of lunchtime and after-school clubs. These include film clubs, Anime club, future linguists, games club, spelling bees, language survival courses, booster sessions and much more.