Modern Languages

The vast majority of pupils are taught French in B Block and all begin Spanish or German as a second Modern Foreign Language.  French, German and Spanish are offered as a core GCSE subject, with a significant number of pupils taking a second Modern Foreign Language to GCSE.  Mandarin and Japanese are also offered off-timetable.

The department is located in Chapter Block and in the Cloisters area of the School.  There is a large computer-assisted language laboratory, which provides extensive opportunities for pupils to work on listening, speaking and audio-visual materials, either independently or in a class situation.

The Modern Foreign Languages Society is flourishing within the School.  It meets six times per term to discuss and explore a variety of cultural and linguistic matters.

Trips outside of the class room are regularly organised to offer further opportunity to practise language skills in authentic situations.  In addition study visits to France, Spain and Germany are planned and pupils have the chance to partake in various language competitions nationally, recently winning awards for French Debating and at an International Business event.

The department has a strong tradition of success at Oxbridge level with candidates offered individualised programmes of study and tuition supplementary to their A level studies.

Mrs Claire Watson

Claire studied French and German at Pembroke College, Oxford, followed by a PGCE at Nottingham University, as well as an MA in Learning and Teaching.  She is a keen grammarian, and also has a love of foreign literature and film.