MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
We are a very enthusiastic, successful and forward-looking department in an outstanding
and oversubscribed school. There are seven full-time and one part-time language staff
teaching French, Italian and German. The Head of Languages works closely with the Head
of Italian and Head of German. We have a French Assistant for twelve hours a week and a
German and Italian Assistant for six hours a week respectively.
There are six specialist language rooms with air conditioning. Each room has its own CD
player, interactive whiteboard and a set of dictionaries for the appropriate language. The
department has regular access with all groups to a computer room with 34 networked PCs.
There is a newly refurbished office for languages where each teacher has their own work
space and there is access to computers.
All students study French from Year 7 and each student has a copy of „Métro‟. From Year 8,
five of the seven forms start either German using the course book „Echo Express‟ or Italian
using the course book „Tutti Insieme!‟ This continues into Year 9. At present pupils are
entered for the AQA GCSE in French, German and Italian and Edexcel at A-level. Italian
was introduced into the curriculum in 2007 when the school became a Languages College.
At present 484 pupils take languages at GCSE. 16 students are studying A-level French, 9
studying A-level German and 8 AS Italian.
Induction / Support
The school offers a fully supportive induction package to new and experienced teachers.
NQTs meet regularly with the Head of Languages to discuss classes' progress and
preparation for examinations and in addition NQTs receive guidance from a member of the
Senior Leadership Team.
The Languages Department offers excellent opportunities for career development. It is very
supportive and meets regularly to discuss future plans, to divide responsibilities and share
ideas and concerns. We are looking to appoint a teacher who would enjoy working as part
of a team and would contribute fully to the department.
Letter of Application
In their letter of application, which should not exceed two sides of A4, candidates should,
amongst other points, indicate their thoughts on the following:
What constitutes good teaching and learning in MFL?
The nature of the leadership they would provide
Key Stage 3
All students start French in Year 7 using “Métro”. The department has all the resources
which accompany this course: worksheets, CDs, flashcards, DVDs and framework pack.
There is also a wide variety of materials available for use on the interactive whiteboards.
There are detailed Schemes of Work for each year group offering advice and support for the
teacher. There is also a detailed assessment scheme for each Year group. There is a wide
variety of French readers and magazines available in the school Library for pupils to read in
school and at home. Year 9 students have started using the AQA Expo 3 Foundation text
book and they have completed their first GCSE speaking and writing assessment.
Key Stage 4
From September 2012 most students have to continue to study a Modern Foreign Language
with the possibility of students continuing with two languages if they wish.
Year 11 students use AQA Expo 4 Foundation if they are likely to be entered for Foundation
Tier papers and AQA Expo 4 Higher for the Higher Tier papers. We have all the materials
that accompany these books plus a wide variety of extra materials which we have developed
We use “Élan” as our main text books and these are supplemented with materials from
Zénith “Tout Droit”, “Droit au But” plus extra DVDs and CDs. We follow the Edexcel
Specifications for AS and A2 examinations. Students spend part of a free lesson working
with the French Assistant to develop their oral topic fully.
Extra-Curricular / Visits
We see our programme of visits as an integral part of our work. Every year we take all Year
8 students to St Omer for the day where they are given tasks to do to practise the French
they have learnt in class.
Year 9 students are offered a five day study visit to Montpellier which will take place in
November of Year 10. We also organise work experience in Lille for Year 12 students in
Key Stage 3
Half of the pupils in Year 8 start German as a second language. The course book used is
“Echo Express" and all the resources accompanying this course are available including
flashcards, photocopiable copymasters and assessment material. There are also DVDs and
other materials based on the course. There is a comprehensive scheme of work to help and
advise the teacher.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 we follow the AQA GCSE course. Pupils use “Echo” as their main text
book. All the worksheets, CDs and teachers' books are available.
We follow the EDEXCEL course at A-Level. Students are issued with “Zeitgeist”. There is
also a range of other material available to supplement the text book. The department has
topic files for oral topic preparation and staff also work closely with the school reference
library. There are currently 4 students studying German at A-Level In Year 13 and 5 at AS
Level in Year 12. Students spend one hour a week with the German assistant during study
The German department organise an exchange with a “Gymnasium” in Schopfheim in the
Black Forest for students from Years 9 to 13, with Year 12 and 13 students benefiting from
work experience as part of their exchange visit.
Italian was introduced into the curriculum in 2007 when the school became a Languages
College. It is now a popular choice at GCSE as a second language to French. There are
currently 72 students studying GCSE Italian. Last year‟s cohort of 20 students achieved
very pleasing results with 8 progressing on to study Italian at AS/A-level this year.
Key Stage 3
Currently, three classes in Year 8 and two classes in Year 9 are studying Italian as their
second language. Pupils follow the Tutti Insieme course book in Years 8 and 9 and the
department has all the available resources which accompany this course: textbooks,
teacher‟s books, audio material and student workbooks. There is also a detailed
assessment scheme for each year group.
Key Stage 4
Students use the Amici course book. Again, the department has all the available resources
which accompany this course: textbooks, teacher‟s books, audio material and student
In addition, at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teachers have created a wide variety of stimulating
activities for use on the interactive whiteboard. These are available for all staff on the
All classes also benefit from working with an Italian Language Assistant in small groups.
This enables them to consolidate learning in class and practise their oral skills.
The Italian department organises a study visit to Urbania for all students of Italian. The visit
includes following language lessons delivered by Italian teachers, cultural trips to the cities of
Urbino and Florence as well as cookery and ceramics acvitivies.