Modern Languages

Every girl has the opportunity of studying Spanish and a second modern language (French or Mandarin) from Year 7 to A level.

Welcome to the Modern Languages Department. We aim to foster enjoyment for language learning, develop creativity through languages and encourage initiative and independence. Learning a foreign language enhances communication, a skill much prized in a wide range of careers, including medicine.

Every girl has the opportunity of studying two modern languages from Year 7 to A Level. Spanish is compulsory from Nursery onwards and girls have the opportunity to study a second modern language (French or Mandarin) in Year 7 in addition to Spanish

In Years 10 and 11 girls are encouraged to continue studying two languages to GCSE and there are five lessons per week. Conversation classes with native speakers take place in Years 11, 12 and 13. For GCSE (French, German, Spanish and Mandarin), we are currently following the new AQA GCSE (9-1) syllabus, the new AQA A Level syllabus (French, German and Spanish) and Edexcel A Level Chinese.

Our modern courses offer opportunities for practice in the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  Lessons are fast-paced and interactive. Teachers use authentic materials to stimulate girls’ interests, including web-based texts, film, magazines, literature and music from the target-language countries.

We subscribe to a number of language websites which provide the girls with additional practice at school and at home.

We aim to foster communication based on a deeper understanding of how language works and provide the opportunity to apply languages in personal, academic and employment-related contexts.

Each language room is equipped with audio-visual facilities and the Department is supported by whiteboard and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).



We are keen to promote languages outside of the classroom. To that end, we organise numerous extra-curricular activities; including:

  • Bi-annual visits to France, Spain and China
  • Day Trips to Chinatown, Boulogne
  • University Theatre productions of foreign-language plays
  • Sixth Form work experience in France, Germany and Spain
  • Language Competitions
  • Visiting Theatre Company Productions (French, German Spanish)
  • Spanish Workshops
  • Our very own Languages Magazine entitled ‘Glowball’
  • External speakers
  • Foreign film society
  • Salsa Club
  • Film workshop at the Institut Français and BFI