MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

Why learn a language?

We believe passionately that people who speak more than one language have an asset for life. The ability to speak languages is a lifelong skill which enhances working life and cultural awareness and continues to play an important role in understanding our world. Learning a language offers tangible benefits in the world of work, travel or living abroad and the aptitudes pupils develop when learning a foreign language are highly valued by employers. We aim to equip our pupils with the skills they need to communicate with other people in a range of situations, as well as the cultural knowledge to understand and appreciate the way of life in other countries.

Everything we do has, at its core, the aim to support pupils to achieve their personal best and to ensure success in language learning. Our lessons are underpinned by risk taking, challenge and rigour, in addition to being inclusive, enjoyable and compelling. We also place a great emphasis on rewarding our learners for their resilience, ability to work as part of a team, solving problems creatively and their effort and commitment to language learning.

As a team, we also believe, that it’s very important to prepare students to enter a wider and richer world, so it’s with great pleasure that we organise trips to France or Spain. Trips abroad represent a fantastic experience for our students and help broaden their horizons. Our next joined trip with the food technology and history departments will be next December 2020 when we are going to visit the Christmas market in Lille in France.

We are a very enthusiastic department, passionate about the study of languages and keen to share our passion about language with all our students.


Miss Schofield | Subject Leader (Full time)
Mrs Hepke | Progress Leader | Teacher of MFL (Full time)
Miss Ramos Mañas | Teacher of MFL (Part time)


MFL is taught in in three separate rooms, each with a computer and interactive white board. We make use of a range of technology to enhance students’ learning, including digital voice recorders to develop speaking and listening skills. We also subscribe to Kerboodle which is an online teaching learning and assessment service that works alongside our course text book. It allows us to seamlessly integrate quality digital resources into our classroom. We also subscribe to Exampro which able us to produce tailor-made papers and helps with exam preparation as there is a good range of questions with a good range of skills tested.

Curriculum Provision for Years 7, 8, 9

All students are taught one language (French or Spanish) up to year 9. Students have currently 2 lessons per week in French or Spanish in Year 7 and 9 and 3 lessons per week in year 8. The textbooks we use are Mira in Spanish and allez 1 and 2 and Studio in French, both with interactive resources. Home learning is set weekly through the site show my homework and involved a learning task and a reading, listening or writing task.

KS3 Curriculum content 

Year 7:  KS2 revision; my school; all about me; friends and family; my home and routine

Year 8: Free time activities, my town, holidays, food and meals; fashion

Year 9; food and meals, healthy diet and healthy living, world of work; My life as a teenager

The GCSE Curriculum

Students who carry on with the E-Bac take one language at GCSE and have 3 lessons per week. We currently follow the AQA examination board; Qualification: GCSE 9-1

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture:

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Freetime activities
  • Customs and festival

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions


GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1 Listening: 25% of GCSE. How it’s assessed:

Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

Paper 2 Speaking:  25% of GCSE. How it’s assessed:

Non-exam assessment (Done in school at the end of year 11 but send to AQA for marking)

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

Paper 3 reading: 25% of GCSE. How it’s assessed:

Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

Section 1: Questions in English; section 2: Questions in French; section 3: Translation from French into English –

Paper 5 writing: 25% of GCSE. How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

Foundation: a) Message to write b) Short passage to write c) Translation from English to French d) Structured writing task

Higher: a) structured writing task (90 words) b) Open- ended writing task (150 words) c) translation from English into French.