Modern Languages

Staffing

Mr J Wilson – Head of Department – German
Mrs S Chadwick – Second in Department – French
Mrs R Chapman – Assistant Head – German
Mrs C Dawson – German & French
Mrs L Reid – French & German
Mrs D Wilson – French
We believe in the importance and relevance of languages to the lives and future careers of our students. We aim to make language learning fun, stimulating and inspiring, with pupils making swift progress in Year 7 learning two languages simultaneously. Lessons are taught in an interactive, communicative style, and pupils are encouraged to enjoy conversing in the language and to aim to use the language at all times throughout each lesson. We are very fortunate to have two, purpose-built classrooms, each equipped with touch screen interactive whiteboards and a computer for each child.
Pupils study both French and German in Year 7 and Year 8. At the end of Year 8, pupils chose to either continue with both languages in Year 9, or to follow just one language. Pupils then have the option to continue with one or two languages to GCSE.
Many of our A-Level students go on to study languages at university. In recent years our pupils have been successful in gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge in addition to many Russell Group universities.
We enjoy longstanding links with our two partner schools. The Year 10 French Exchange with Collège St Joseph in Morlaix, Brittany has been running for over 20 years, and pupils have had the opportunity to visit Gymnasium Geretsried near Munich as part of our German Exchange for almost as long. Year 9 pupils are invited to take a trip to Berlin, to enrich their language and history.
We look forward to helping you develop a fascinating life-long skill.
Bonne Chance! Viel Spaß!