Modern Foreign Languages

Department Staff

Mrs S Noble
Head of MFL
Head of Music
Mrs A Thomson
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs C Palazzo
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss H Sevilla Terrasa

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Miss V Freiria

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages


The Modern Foreign Languages department is an engaging and stimulating environment which offers all students the opportunity to develop their skills as linguists. Year 7 students study Spanish as a matter of course and are then offered the opportunity to learn French in Year 8. The department has high expectations of students with regards to both achievement and behaviour.

We also work closely with other departments providing a global aspect of the school, working and corresponding with and visiting schools in other countries. The department recently took part in a trip to Cluny, France, where students were able to gain a true insight into local culture whilst socialising and working with local schools. This year sees the department organising a student exchange for Key Stage 3 students between Lincoln Castle Academy and IES Cabo de la Huerta de Alicante. In addition, students are able to attend our Foreign Film Club and Languages Cookery Club during the Academy’s club nights on Mondays and Thursdays respectively.

Department Successes

2016 GCSE Results:

  A*-A A*-C A*-G
French   26.7% 93.3%
Spanish 35.3%  82.4% 100.0%



Department Facilities

We have three language classrooms as well as a departmental IT suite which allow students to develop their skills through programmes such as Linguascope and español eXtra.

Key Stage 3

All students study at least one language with an emphasis on language learning skills. The topics taught have relevance to the students’ own experiences which provides them with motivation. Students are assessed at the end of each module in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the exchange established with our partner school in Cluny, Burgundy and with our partner school in Alicante. In addition, we host visitors from schools in Malaga for two weeks during the summer term, thus developing international links.

Year 7

  • Introducing Myself
  • House and Home: Talking about my family and pets
  • Area and House: Talking about where I live
  • Directions: Places and towns
  • Talking about my free time and holidays
  • Talking about my school and subjects

Year 8

  • Revision of Personal Details and introducing comparisons
  • My Daily Routine
  • Food and Shopping
  • Clothes
  • Holidays, including past tense.
  • Socialising

Year 9

  • Extension of Personal Details, introducing imperfect tense
  • Healthy Living: Exercise, hobbies and food
  • Jobs Around the House
  • Future Plans and careers
  • Holidays (including present, future, past and conditional tense)
  • Doctor, body and illness

Key Stage 4

Many students opt to study either French or Spanish at GCSE level, following the WJEC specification. Each skill is assessed with the following weighting:

  • Listening- 20%
  • Reading- 20%
  • Speaking- 30%
  • Writing- 30%

The written and spoken elements of the course are undertaken through controlled assessment. Topics studied are:

  • Home & Local Area
  • Health & Sport
  • Leisure & Entertainment
  • Travel & Wider World
  • School Life
  • Jobs Abroad
  • The World of Work
  • Social Issues

Key Stage 5

French and Spanish are offered at AS and A2 level. These include a range of topics are studied such as media, food and drink, education and social issues. Students are able to develop their skills and grammatical concepts and this enables them to provide evidence to employers and universities of achievement in lingual skills and knowledge of different cultures.

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition