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Ethos of the Department

The Department believes that every boy should have access to a wide and varied experience of as many cultures as possible. The learning of new languages and cultures should inspire boys to be adventurous in spirit and to embrace all that is unique about the many cultures that make up our world. Through their language lessons they should begin to understand the importance of effective and sensitive communication and always strive to achieve their best.

The Department aims:

  • To develop the ability to use a MFL effectively for purposes of practical communication
  • To form a sound basis of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work or leisure
  • To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries whose languages we teach
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual challenge
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
  • To promote learning skills of a more general application (eg analysis, memorising, drawing of inference, use of ICT, dictionary skills).
  • To enable our pupils to achieve their full potential in examination success in MFL

Teaching Staff

Mr T Gibb (Head of MFL)
Mrs L Firth
Mr K Fortas
Mrs E McGlone
Mr R Westerdale

Key Facts

  • Two dedicated computer rooms (for languages)
  • Native speaking French Assistant
  • Regular “Clinics” offering extra help
  • Annual and biannual trips: Y7 to Paris and Y10 and 11 Language Immersion Course in Nice
  • Annual visits from Theatre Companies giving French performances and workshops