MFL: Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs H. Carlisle – Subject Lead MFL

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

– Frank Smith

Compelling Learning in MFL
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. Learning a language offers tangible benefits in the world of work, travel or living abroad. 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.

At Key Stage 4 pupils may opt to study their foreign language for GCSE. Through studying a GCSE in a modern foreign language, Pupils further develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE also includes the study of target language countries and cultures, which broadens pupils’ horizons and encourages them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. pupils follow the Full Course GCSE (Edexcel for French and Spanish, AQA for Urdu) which comprises 25% speaking exam, 25% writing exam, 25% listening exam and 25% reading exam.


We provide our pupils with a variety of out-of-class activities including annual visits to France and Spain, trips to the European Christmas Markets, participation in the National Spelling Bee competition and partnerships with schools in France and Spain. We also have a foreign language assistant working within the Faculty, who runs weekly after-school support clinics and a language club at lunchtime. In addition we are involved in the Adopt a pupil Abroad project with universities in the North West, in which our pupils link up with a university language pupil whilst they are studying abroad.

We believe our pupils, regardless of whether or not they choose to study a language at GCSE, should experience the value of learning a foreign language through experiencing life, culture and traditions in a different country. This ensures our pupils are confident learners who have an awareness of global and cultural issues and a love of language learning.