The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty consists of 5 teachers – Miss Losh, Head of Faculty, Mrs De Jesus, Second in MFL, Mrs Dicker, International Coordinator, Miss Pinheiro, Spanish Specialist. French, Spanish are languages taught both at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. As of September 2012, Portuguese is taught at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3
Students have the opportunity to study French and Spanish during curriculum time in Key Stage 3 and may also study Portuguese after school. They may also take advantage of other language clubs offered after school which include Spanish, German and Italian at varying times of the year. We also have a large number of students who take part in the French Eisteddfod and we pride ourselves on having excellent results each year.

French
•     Most students study the French language in years 7, 8 and 9.
      In Year 7 and 9, students study for two hours per week and in Year 8 two and a half hours a week.
•    We work in 5 cycles throughout the year.
•    Assessments are done throughout the year at the end of each cycle. All skills are assessed in Cycles 1 and 4, with writing and speaking for Cycle 2 and reading and listening for Cycle 3.
•    We repeat key structures throughout the year through different topics to build confidence.
•    To mark the end of compulsory language study, at the end of Year 9 students sit external exams in listening and reading to formally assess their understanding alongside thousands of students throughout the UK.
•    Some students will also have the writing assessed.
•    These results are delivered on GCSE results day.
•    The 5th cycle, gives us the chance to look at a different aspect of the French Revolution and other aspects of French culture, in each year.
•    Those students who do not study a modern language will generally have support for literacy at that time.

•    All students will have the opportunity to study Spanish in Year 9.
•    Classes are for one hour per week and will also be studied in 5 cycles throughout the year.
•    One skill will be tested per cycle throughout Cycles 1 to 4.
•    Students will have the chance to attend a Spanish focus trip during activities week each year in Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 4
Students have the opportunity to study French, Spanish and Portuguese during curriculum time in Key Stage 4. There are three lessons per week and the students are assessed during as well as at the end of the 2-year course.

French
•   3 lessons of French per week.
•   The course finishes with exams in all four skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each is worth 25% of the total work.
•    Most of the work will have been prepared in different topics in Years 7, 8 and 9.
•    Grades: C Grade is being able to speak/write/read/listen in three different tenses (past, present, future), give an opinion/point of view, and give a reason about your point of view.
•    Students must be able to communicate in the present, future and past tense. They must know how to give their opinion in French and explain why they like something or not.
Spanish
•    3 lessons of Spanish per week.
•    The course finishes with exams in all four skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each is worth 25% of the total work.
•    The work will have to be prepared in Year 10 and 11, although since September 2012, basic Spanish structures and vocabulary have been taught in Year 9.
•    Grades:  C Grade is being able to speak/write/read/listen in three different tenses (past, present, future), give your opinion/point of view, and give a reason for point of view.
•    Students must be able to communicate in the present, future and past tenses. They also must give an opinion/point of view in Spanish and justify it.