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Modern Foreign Languages

Faculty Overview

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Faculty is situated in the Mersey Building and we are very fortunate that we have a whole floor designated solely to MFL. There are three good-sized classrooms, each with a digital interactive projector.

In both Key Stages, we focus on the four key skill areas in MFL:  Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  We use a variety of techniques and strategies in our lessons, from interactive role plays to games and songs.  We are also fortunate to be able to book out an ICT suite to consolidate and stretch learning. The Faculty encourages each student to reach and even exceed their targets, by providing them with the necessary tools to become more independent learners.

In Years 8 and 10, students are given the opportunity to try out their language skills in real situations, as they are offered the opportunity to take part in educational visits to Barcelona and Berlin.  Such visits bring to life their language skills and allow them to use the language in real life contexts, as well as allowing students to gain a deeper cultural awareness and understanding of the country visited.  

MFL Faculty Staff

Mrs C Malinowski

Head of Faculty

Miss A McGregor

Teacher of MFL

Miss K Lythgoe

Teacher of MFL


At both Key Stages Three and Four, classes are taught in mixed ability groups.

Years 7 & 8 study Spanish and have six one-hour lessons a fortnight, these students will continue to study Spanish up to the end of Year 9 with the option of choosing German as a second language.  The current Year 9 students are learning German, having four one-hour lessons per fortnight.  At the end of Year 9, students can opt to continue to study languages at GCSE and the continuation of languages in Key Stage Four is promoted.  Able linguists are encouraged to opt for more than one language.  In Key Stage Four, students have six hours of their chosen language per fortnight.

At Key Stage Three we teach three modules that each incorporate a range of the four skills in MFL (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with a cultural end of year project. We regularly track progress through a variety of assessment activities. By doing this, we are able to identify areas in which students are strong as well as areas in which students might need to develop. 

At Key Stage Four we follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabi in German and Spanish.

In Key Stage Four students consolidate and enhance their knowledge of fundamental grammar points and structures, as well as covering topics from the GCSE specification.  

The current GCSE is examined in a number of ways:

Listening – 20% (conducted at the end of Year 11)

Reading – 20% (conducted at the end of Year 11)

Speaking – 30% (This is two pieces of controlled assessment, each one being worth 15% and conducted over the two year GCSE course)

Writing – 30% (This is two pieces of controlled assessment, each one being worth 15% and conducted over the two year GCSE course)

The new style GCSE from 2018 will be a linear examination with each skill worth 25% of the grade.


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart”

Nelson Mandela