Mrs A Harvey – Head of MFL

Mrs R Sandbrook- Head of German

Mrs R Minhas – Teacher of French and German

Mrs C Piepdie – Teacher of French

Mr J Diaz – Teacher of French

Mr L Fontaine – Languages Assistant



Learning a new language teaches pupils how people live in other cultures and countries and gives insights into our own multi-cultural society. As new technology brings people closer together across the globe, studying languages becomes ever more important in preparing pupils for living and working in the 21st century.

Through our syllabuses and schemes of work we provide material and a learning environment, which prepares all pupils for a future world and adult life in a multi-racial, interdependent world.
We aim to:

  • Develop the ability to understand and use the chosen foreign language effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • Develop the ability to use the chosen language both imaginatively and creatively and to understand the language used both imaginatively and creatively.
  • Develop an understanding of the grammar of the chosen language.
  • Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities that speak the chosen language.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • Develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.
  • Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • Form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
  • Promote skills, which have a wider application such as information technology, and learning skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing inference).

Additional Documents

Please click here to view the French Course Calendar for Key Stage 3

Please click here to view the French Course Calendar for Key Stage 4

Please click here to view the French Course Calendar for Key Stage 5

Please click here to view the Department Development Plan for 2020-21.

Please click here to view the Covid Recovery Plan.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8 – All pupils learn French and German in form groups with 2 lessons per week of each language.

Year 9 – Pupils choose either French or German in consultation with their teachers and study it to a foundation GCSE level, focusing on the grammar and syntax important for further language success. In year 9 pupils study their chosen language for 4 lessons per week.

In Key Stage 3 French and German we use the Studio and Stimmt courses and all students have online text books as well as homework packages to support their learning.

Key Stage 4

The majority of pupils go forward to study a GCSE in either French or German following the Edexcel course. Students have access to a range of resources across the Studio and Stimmt courses, including those needed for independent study. Students in years 10 and 11 have 3 French or German lessons per week.

Key Stage 5

The study of French or German to AS or A-level is a popular choice for those students wishing to learn the language for its own sake or to complement other A-level subjects. Students work in small groups and follow the Edexcel syllabus with support from our French Assistante to develop speaking skills.


The Modern Languages Department supports and enriches learning through a variety of clubs, trips and events. For example, students in year 7 can participate in the Spelling Bee as well as visit the Christmas market in Cologne. For older students there is the French club as well as talks by outside speakers such as GCHQ. The department runs a range of trips to France and Germany.