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Mrs J Lambert
Subject Leader: Languages; teacher of French and Spanish.
We became a Language College in 2002 and as such we offer French to all pupils in Year 7 through to Year 11. Higher mixed-ability sets also take Spanish as a second language in Years 8 and select one of these to study in Year 9, to be continued at GCSE. At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE French and Spanish as core languages to be studied and enjoyed. We have recently included Latin as part of our language provision for Set 1 pupils in Year 7 and enjoy seeing pupils making links between Latin, French, and English. In the past, a Latin Improvers club has been set up at lunchtimes for Year 8 and Year 9 pupils interested in continuing their Latin learning past Year 7 depending on sufficient interest.
Being a Specialist Language College has enabled us to dramatically increase examination results in line with the top 25% of schools nationally and provide pupils with experiences that they will not find in a non-specialist school including themed International days, a week of multicultural activities for our Year 7 pupils and links with schools in France, China, the Czech Republic, Africa, Germany and more recently Italy.
For details of the curriculum requirement for each year, please check the appropriate curriculum handbook.
We lead the French teaching to Year 6 in our feeder Primary Schools and we run a summer school every July. We are at the forefront of teaching and learning in MFL and have worked closely with CILT and the DfE on various national initiatives. In 2005, 2009 and again in 2015 we were awarded the International School Award in recognition of our International ethos and in 2006 we featured in the Lord Dearing Languages Review and Consultation Report as an example of good practice in language teaching. In 2009, the regional manager for the Specialist Schools Trust visited the department and was very impressed by our ethos, displays and International work.
We are an enthusiastic and dedicated department and work hard to ensure that learning a language is a positive experience for all pupils. We are forward thinking, supportive and committed to sharing ideas and resources. There are currently five full time and 1 part-time members of staff.
We currently run a week-long trip to Normandy for our Year 7s, and have run trips to Spain in the past. We are linked with a school in Shanghai and pupils have had the opportunity to visit our partner school as part of their GCSE work if appropriate. Language College Status has in the past helped us to invest in the latest resources and achieve the best results for pupils of all abilities. We are always here to help pupils and an MFL classroom is available Thursday lunchtimes for pupils requiring additional support or to access a wide variety of Language Learning software in the nearby ICT suite. In addition, we promote the love of language learning through lunchtime clubs.