Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

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

We are dedicated to communicating the importance of learning languages through finding, innovative and creative ways of engaging students in language learning. We are very proud of the extra-curricular events we have set up over the years for students to get involved in:

  • Language taster sessions run by Sheffield University (students have tried Chinese, Russian, Italian …)
  • Eurofest at York University
  • Language Q & A talks given by current Leeds University Language students
  • Adopt a class scheme, Leeds University students studying abroad “skype in” to update their adopted class on life/ opportunities abroad as a students.
  • Languages & Business Careers Fair –students see just how many companies / courses value language skills by visiting a language specific careers fair organised by Leeds University


How you can help your child in French?

Vocabulary tests are set each week for homework. Regular learning of key vocabulary is vital to ensure progression in learning a language. You can support your child by encouraging them to read and review learning strategies in their vocabulary book and to set aside time to learn vocabulary.  It would be beneficial to have a French bilingual dictionary at home as a learning resource. There are online resources to support the course. Teachers will direct students to recommended websites which will be noted in planners.
Teachers in the MFL Department

Ms Dennis – Head of Faculty

Ms Jones  - Teacher of French

Miss Martha Eddy - Teacher of French

Ms Proctor  - Teacher of French

Heading -See where languages can take you

Find out about the careers, opportunities and experiences open to pupils if they have language skills.

Skills for your CV

Studying a language clearly makes you a good communicator, both orally and in writing. Additional skills gained through studying a language include the ability to:

  • gather information, assess and interpret it;
  • lead and participate in discussions and groups;
  • organise your workload and work to deadlines;
  • develop opinions and propose ideas;
  • read pages of text and pick out the essential points.

Careers using languages

A knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. For some jobs, such as translating, interpreting and language teaching, language skills are one of the main requirements. For other jobs a combination of languages and other qualifications, knowledge or skills may be needed. For example, people with languages plus IT, law, finance or sales skills are much sought-after.





Students develop their knowledge and understanding of French and their cultural awareness in the context of familiar topics. Key vocabulary, the foundations of the language and grammar form an integral part of the learning experience in KS3.



Subject French GCSE

Content details Core content

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

Theme 1: Identity and culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment


How it's assessed

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. All 4 key skills: Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking are separately assessed and each account for 25% of the final grade.

Key skills required in order to be able to study the subject : A good command of English / English grammar (students should be on track to achieve a secure C or above in English), problem-solving, ability to organise revision time, motivation and commitment.


Other qulifactions we offer:


Certificate in Languages for Business (CLB) French


Qualification:  CLB

Entry Requirements: 5 A*-C including English & Maths (GCSE French grade D or above and the ability to work independently)


What will I learn?

·       a qualification which reflects practical and authentic application of foreign languages in the workplace; 

·       promotes independent, confident and effective linguists with the language skills required to make a positive and effective contribution to international economic activity; 

·       a rigorous qualification mapped against the National Occupational Language Standards. 


How will I be assessed?

 A combination of end of module assessment tasks which count for 35% and an exam which counts for 65%. Candidates are graded pass, merit or distinction.

Students are allowed to use their notes during the assessments tasks but only have one attempt.


The speaking and listening is 20 minutes. The reading and writing is 50 minutes.



What if a learner fails an assessment task?

Learners can fail an assessment task and still pass the qualification.


Coming soon :

The BALFA –The British Airways Flag Awards

The award is based on the exams taken by British Airways Cabin Crew.