The Modern Foreign Languages Department

Head of Department = Mrs H Eckersley


The MFL department consists of three specialist teachers. The department has three classrooms and additional space for interventions. The department has a united focus on students endeavouring to achieve their personal best and developing a lifelong love for learning of foreign languages.


Students in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board. These students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. Pupils study French in Year 7 and 8 and there is the opportunity for pupils to take the 3 year GCSE in Spanish from Year 9. We ensure that the AQA Spanish and French GCSE specification stimulates, motivates and challenges all students. We teach a range of topics to that are familiar to pupils, as well as new ones that inspire students who are interested in the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking communities and countries. The three main themes studied on which the assessments are based are as follows: Theme 1: Identity and Culture, Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.


Students in all year groups will complete formal assessments during each topic to assess their progress against the four main skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). GCSE Spanish and French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. Pupils are rigorously assessed on the four main skills in languages that carry an equal 25% weighting.

Home Learning

The expectation for home learning is that students in Year 7 and 8 will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week. Year 7 and 8 students choose activities they wish to complete from a Homework menu, which is designed to engage and challenge all learners, thus honing their independence skills. The activities are differentiated and pupils must complete different tasks of varying degrees of difficulty over the course of the half term. The expectation for home learning is that students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week. The tasks are focused towards developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the language in the context of the GCSE qualification.

Afterschool Sessions

An MFL club will run every Wednesday after school for students in years 7 and 8. A variety of activities are completed within the sessions.

Revision sessions for year 11 students run every other Thursday after school.

Enrichment Opportunities

Throughout the year a variety of exciting enrichment opportunities take place. Competitions and special sessions will also take place throughout the course of the academic year linked to key events, such as European Day of Languages. In addition, we are always seeking opportunities to provide our students with extra-curricular activities related to cinema, theatre and music linked to the language of study. Opportunities to spend time in the target language country is also available with scope for visits to Spain and France during school holidays.