‘Wide range of languages on offer, new state of the art language labs’ - Good Schools Guide
The aims of the Modern Languages Department are to promote interest in and enjoyment of language learning. Central to our teaching approach is encouraging all of our students to be independent, no matter what their level and giving them the tools to further their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge outside of the classroom. Whilst communication remains at the forefront of day to day work, a rigorous approach to grammar plays a central role in many lessons. We value all skills equally and stretch all students in every lesson.
In the Middle School we offer French, German, Spanish and Italian to GCSE and currently follow the CIE IGCSE syllabus. In the Upper School we offer French, German, Spanish and Italian and follow the Cambridge Pre-U syllabus, which includes literature and film and allows us to explore cultural themes in greater depth.
We typically run three or four trips per academic year; there are Upper School exchanges with schools in Vienna and Madrid, along with a French home-stay trip to Bordeaux, and a Middle School trip to the Opal Coast. Additional Middle School trips to France, Spain and Germany also happen regularly.
The students also, write, edit and code their own online magazine Page Polyglotte. Click the image below for the latest version.
The School recently opened its purpose-built, impressive Modern Languages building with 11 classrooms, two language labs and a sixth form linguists’ common room with 3D European television, along with four interview rooms for work with foreign language assistants.
The state-of-the-art language labs feature software that allows students to join sessions from any networked school computer.
Head of the Modern Languages Department, Chris Brown, said he could not have hoped for better teaching accommodation.
“The classrooms are spacious and light, thanks to 500m2 of glass, and because the building is designed specifically for language teaching, the sound insulation in each room is fantastic.
“Students and staff love the new centre, which provides the perfect environment for learning,” he added.
The building is also on target to achieve an 'excellent' green rating from world environmental assessors BREEAM*, the new language centre follows a strict sustainability strategy covering all aspects of environmental excellence, from health and well-being to ecology.
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Page Polyglotte - click here
C.M. Brown, B.A. Head of Department
Dr. A.C. Leamon, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Head of French
Mrs C.A. O’Mahoney, B.A. Head of Spanish
Mrs W.J. Corvi, B.Ed., P.G.C.E.
S. Foulds, B.A., P.G.C.E.
Miss J. Holroyd, B.A., P.G.C.E.
Dr. B. Parolin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., P.G.C.E. Teacher in charge of Italian
Ms C. Piquard, M.A., P.G.C.E.
Ms B.S. Sanchesz-Alonso, B.A., B.A., P.G.C.E.
Dr. J.C. Smith, M.A., D. Phil., P.G.C.E.
There are also three language assistants, one in the French department, one in the German department and one in the Spanish department.