Modern Foreign Languages



Why learn a language?

Learning a language is fun, it’s a skill for life, it’s impressive and it’s really useful!

Plus…It’s good for brain growth, it prevents dementia, promotes listening skills, learning one language helps you learn others, it boosts your memory you get better at multi-tasking, it increases attention span, it activates more parts of your brain and it improves your English!

75% of the world’s population have no English. 29 countries have French as an official language (80 million speakers) and 21 have Spanish as an official language (405 million speakers).

Both French and Spanish are taught at KS3, students have the option to choose one or both languages for GCSE and Advanced level.

The language you will learn will enable you to cope in everyday situations, for example on holiday or when a French/Spanish visitor is here.

We have a letter exchange with a school in Brittany, Spanish students attend our school alongside our students of Spanish for 3 weeks in year 10, there is a trip to Paris for year 7.

There are 4 members of the Modern Foreign Language department, 2 specialise in Spanish and 2 specialise in French, but all teach both languages.


Mrs H Coley Head of MFL  
Mrs K Howden Head of Spanish & Teacher of French
Miss M McConnachie Teacher of French & Spanish  mcconnachiem
Mr D Jones Teacher of French & Spanish  jonesd

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
In year 7 students will study both Spanish and French in equal measure. In the first half of the year they will study one language, French or Spanish, and in the second half they will study their second foreign language. Students will have 6 lessons a fortnight. This will give students a balanced experience of both French and Spanish In year 8 students continue with French and Spanish. They have three lessons of each a fortnight. In year 9 students choose either French or Spanish.  They have  four lessons a fortnight.

Current Courses

French/Spanish GCSE



Terminal Oral exam (conducted by teacher, externally marked) (25%)

Terminal exam in Listening comprehension  (25%)

Terminal exam in Reading comprehension (25%)

Terminal exam in Writing (25%)

Current courses

French A level


French/Spanish A level

AS and A Level in French /Spanish gives learners the opportunity to develop and deepen their awareness and understanding of the language, as well as the cultural knowledge of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

In addition to the focus on speaking the language confidently and coherently, learners will increase their knowledge of the countries and communities where the language is spoken by their study of language in its cultural, literary and social context, as well as through cinema and literature.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing –• Listening and responding to spoken passage

What’s assessed

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of A-level Questions

Paper 2 Writing • Written exam: 2 hours • 80 marks in total • 20% of A-level

What’s assessed

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed


  • Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.
  • All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed

  • Individual research project
  • One of four themes ie Aspects of Frenchspeaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the Frenchspeaking world

How it’s assessed

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)• 60 marks in total• 30% of A-level