Developing the skills required to interact successfully in the non English–speaking world is at the core of language learning. The ever-increasing importance of the international world bears testimony to the need to understand each other’s languages, perspectives and cultures in order to stabilise our future. The subject we teach is a vital part of bringing about world peace through engendering communication, respect and world understanding. We have a commitment to nurturing this within the students we teach through exciting, purposeful, challenging, creative and well-structured lessons using appropriate resources.
- Mrs Catherine Blyth (HOF )
- Ms Liz Cordero (KS3 coordinator and lead teacher of Latin)
- Mr Johnathan Webb (KS5 coordinator)
- Mr Ian Johnson (Teacher of Spanish and French)
- Mrs Helen Horobin (Teacher of French and German)
- Mrs Jackie Lister (Teacher of German and French)
- Mrs Fran Lucas (Teacher of Spanish and French – newly appointed)
In Languages it is so important that students get a sense of the world in which they live. There are Field trips
to different parts of Europe and also exchanges with France, Spain and Germany. We also encourage our
Sixth Form students to attend local conferences and spend a week in a language school. We are very fortunate to have
Spanish, French and German Language Assistants to work with our students to improve their confidence and
Staff are involved in the Extra Curricular LEAP programme and the Masterclass programme.
Our LEAP activities include:
- International Ambassadors (for our native speakers to be involved in helping others in our
- Extension languages (enabling students to sit A levels and GCSEs in their native language)
- Mandarin Chinese
- Visits to Bath University (translating and interpreting suite)
Student support in Languages
In languages students are supported by their teachers inside and outside lessons. Students with SEN will
receive additional support according to their needs. Staff use a variety of teaching methods to support
different styles of learning.
The needs of the more able students are challenged through imaginative extension work and enrichment
The native speakers are encouraged to use their own language to help others in the school, through our
Languages Ambassador programme. Students volunteer to become ambassadors and are trained to
interepret and translate for visitors to the school.
The progress of all students, including those with special needs, is monitored through assessment,
observation and discussion at faculty meetings, in accordance with the school’s Assessment Policy.
We are extremely lucky to have close links with Bath University, who send us one of their students as a
volunteer to work with ours in the classroom.
Differentiation may be by resource, task, group, outcome, teacher intervention and teaching approach.
POS at Key Stage 3 identify expectations of students working at differing levels within the year group and
suggest activities to extend students working at the top end.
Activities which can support students in Languages outside lesson time:
- Read the news in Spanish, French or German everyday- there is no better activity to help deepen
appreciation of another language and country
- Use the advice of our School Librarian, Hayesfield’s online catalogue, local Libraries, the
interlibrary loan service and access to University Library catalogues to extend their reading
- Make use of an online Memrise account to improve vocabulary
- Make use of Linguascope
- Enter local, regional, university and national competitions for speaking
- Enjoy a range of films in another language
- Establish Book Circles and Film Clubs and the like to share expertise and enthusiasm.