Modern Foreign Languages

Department Staff

Mr N Brown
Head of MFL

Mrs A Thomson
Teacher of MFL

Miss C Walker
Teacher of MFL

Miss H Sevilla Terrasa
Teacher of MFL


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. 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.


The learning plans for each subject taught within each year group are available below; click on each image to view full size.

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 (Spanish)

  • Self and relationships
  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations

Year 8 (French)

  • Self and relationships
  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations

Year 8 (Spanish)

  • Transport & Local areas of interest
  • Local characteristics & Holidays / Tourism
  • Environment and social issues
  • School life
  • Work experience / part time jobs & Skills and personal qualities
  • Applying for work / study & Careers plans

Year 9 (GCSE French, GCSE Spanish)

  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social media
  • Health and fitness
  • Environment and leisure
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations

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- 25%
  • Reading- 25%
  • Speaking- 25%
  • Writing- 25%

Each element is assessed in the final year of the course as an examination or as the speaking assessment. Topics studied are:

Year 10 (GCSE French, GCSE Spanish)

  • Transport
  • Local areas of interest
  • Local characteristics
  • Holidays and tourism
  • Environment
  • Social issues

Year 11 (GCSE French)

  • School life and studies
  • Work experience, part time jobs, Skills and personal qualities
  • Applying for work/study, Career plans
  • Preparation for oral examinations
  • Topic revision and exam practice

Year 11 (GCSE Spanish)

  • Speaking & Writing Controlled Assessment
  • Foundation Listening & Reading
  • Higher Listening & Reading
  • Exam Preparation

Key Stage 5

French and Spanish are offered at A level. These include a range of topics are studied such as families and citizenship, youth trends, education and employment, media, art, film and music. Students also study two pieces of literature, one of which may be a film. 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.

Component 1:

Speaking: 30%

Component 2:

Listening, reading and translation: 50%

Component 3:

Critical and analytical response in writing: 20%

(linked to study of literature)