Modern Languages

  • Mrs C Hirst (Subject Leader, French and Spanish Teacher)
  • Ms M Arias Hoyos ( French and Spanish Teacher, Head of Barton House, EAL Co - ordinator)
  • Ms N Lamine ( French and Spanish Teacher)
  • Ms B Collins ( French and Spanish Teacher)

Language Skills are for Life

Language ability is a life long skill which enhances people’s professional and personal lives.  Studying a language also helps students to increase their understanding of different cultures, current events and the day to day lives of others.

Our Approach

We believe visiting the country of the language students are learning is an integral part of learning a language.  Students study both French and Spanish in KS3. In KS4 students may choose to study French, Spanish or both languages to GCSE.

Key Stage 3

Both French and Spanish are taught in tutor groups, and are compulsory for all students at KS3. We concentrate on development of vocabulary and grammar, and help students gain the confidence to communicate simple concepts in conversation. 

Key Stage 4

Languages are a popular choice across the ability range at GCSE and we achieve good results in both French and Spanish.  The course aims to develop the key listening, speaking, reading and writing skills relevant for the exams.  The courses focus on topics such as lifestyle, health, leisure, holidays and the environment.


To encourage students to apply their skills, we take students:    

For French:        

- In Year 7 on a day trip to Boulogne            

- In Year 8 students travel to Paris for a three day residential cultural trip

- At KS3 to the British Film Insititute 

- At KS4 we run day trips to Lille and Bruges 

For Spanish

- At KS3 to the British Film Institute

- At KS4 to Madrid for a residential 

This additional support helps to develop each student’s language and communication skills as well as confidence in their chosen language.


All classrooms have interactive whiteboards.

In French we use the Allez 1 text books at KS3, and Studio textbooks for GCSE.

In Spanish we use the Claro textbooks for KS3 and Viva textbooks for GCSE. 

We hold  weekly after College GCSE intervention classes for both French and Spanish. 

Allez 1      Studio     

   Claro      Viva