Welcome to Modern Languages
French, German and Spanish are taught at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Latin is taught in KS4 and 5. There are currently 51 students studying languages at A level. We are also able to support students who wish to gain qualifications in their home language, and in the past have enabled students to sit GCSEs in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. Our approach to language learning and teaching is communicative, and we strongly believe in the role of grammar in enabling students to communicate effectively.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 all pupils begin learning a modern language, initially with their form groups. The pupils are divided into two year groups. Pupils begin learning either French or German/Spanish depending on their year group (beginning subject changes in rotation every year). At the end of Year 7 most pupils are offered a second language from French/German/Spanish which they start in Year 8 in addition to their first language. This structure continues until the end of Year 9. As an enrichment option, able, gifted and talented students are also offered a choice of taking a two year Latin GCSE in Years 9 and 10.
Key Stage 4
All students currently study a language to GCSE. We offer GCSEs in French, German and Spanish. Those students who wish to study two languages at KS4 can choose to learn French as an ‘early bird’ GCSE course starting at 8.10 am three mornings per week whilst taking German or Spanish as their language choice in the main part of the curriculum. We use the Edexcel board for all Modern Foreign Language GCSEs. We use the WJEC for Latin.
Key Stage 5
Students can choose from AQA French, German Latin and Spanish AS and A2 A levels. Each student has access to a French, German or Spanish native speaker (Languages Assistant) to help improve their spoken language skills. All students use the AQA Kerboodle Online Independent Learning materials to support their home studies. A significant number of our students go on to study languages at university.
We have a comprehensive range of exchanges:
- KS3 exchange to Versailles, France/KS3 exchange to Kiel, Germany/KS4 exchange to San Sebastian, Spain.
- We also have a KS5 exchange to Kiel, and are developing similar links to France and Spain at KS5.
We run an accredited ‘Languages Leader’ course in the Sixth Form as an enrichment activity, where students work as mentors in KS3 or teach in local primary schools.
In 2011 we were the best performing school in the national ‘United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad’ competition.
In March 2015 two of our Y13 students won the North East Region debating finals in French, and went on to represent All Saints at the national finals in London.
Each language classroom is fully equipped with interactive whiteboard. We are also proud to possess a state of the art Sanako digital languages laboratory, with bespoke dual use classroom.