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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Modern Languages

The Modern Languages department’s ethos is not only to foster academic excellence but also to fill young learners with enthusiasm about the study of Modern Foreign Languages, about the real people who use them, and about their cultures and countries. In Year 6, girls study Italian, in Year 7 French and in Years 8 and 9, both French and Spanish. Most pupils learn at least one language from a choice of French and Spanish up to IGCSE, and some choose to study both.

We follow the CIE IGCSE syllabus. French and Spanish are also offered at A Level, following the AQA specification. The most up-to-date and effective teaching methods and resources are complemented by various extra-curricular activities, including external language competitions, visits to restaurants, chatroom exchanges with students in other countries, trips abroad and for sixth form, conversation with language assistants who are native speakers.