‘Communication unites us all’
Hayesfield is a comprehensive girls’ school, taking girls from the City of Bath and its surrounding rural towns and villages. As our students arrive with a wide range of experiences and languages at primary education, and in their homes, we aim to inspire a lifelong love of languages in all our students and equip them with the confidence they will need to thrive in an increasingly connected world and become ‘global citizens’.
Our Languages Curriculum is designed to ensure that all students make quick progress to reach their personal best. At the start of Y7 all girls sit a ‘Swedish test’, so we can quickly see the linguistic competency of each girl.
As a faculty we offer the opportunity to broaden horizons and enhance opportunities by providing a nurturing, supportive and caring environment where students feel confident to get involved and are willing to put themselves beyond their comfort zone, safe in the knowledge that failure is simply another word for “opportunity to learn”.
We also want our students to have a much wider understanding of the world around them, which is much more diverse than our school in Bath, which is ultimately predominantly white British. In the curriculum we offer French and Spanish to our girls as these are the countries they are most likely to visit with their families or have experienced in their primary schools. In addition, at Key Stage 4 they have the opportunity to learn Latin as a GCSE option.
We want our students to be fully immersed in the language and culture of the languages they are learning. Hence, opportunities to learn these languages extend well beyond the four walls of the conventional classroom as students are invited to take part in exchange and/or visits to France and Spain, participate in a range of competitions such as the Foreign Language Spelling Bee in Y7 or the Anthea Bell Prize for Young translators to name but a few. We also regularly run Key Stage 3 trips to France/Spain in Enrichment Week.
The World Languages Faculty comprises the following subjects. You can access each subject’s designated webpage by clicking on its image below:
Please Click Here to View the KS3 Curriculum Intent and Implementation Statements
Please Click Here to View the KS4 Curriculum Intent and Implementation Statements
Please Click Here to View the Curriculum Booklet for Languages
- Mrs Laurence Gillham (LGI) – Head of World Languages Faculty
- Mr James Allen (JAL) – Head of Spanish
- Miss Esther Waistell (EWA) – Head of French
- Mrs Elizabeth Cordero (LC)- French and Spanish
- Miss Rosanna Bradford (RBR) – French and Spanish
- Miss Karla Ndongo-Embobe (HKD) – French and Spanish
- Miss Catherine Boyt (CBO) – French
- Mrs Rosie Bethell – French FLA
- Miss Sophie Hookings – Spanish FLA
It is important that students get a sense of the world in which they live. There are trips to different parts of Europe and also exchanges with France and Spain. We also encourage our Sixth Form students to attend local conferences and spend a week in a language school. We have French and Spanish Language Assistants work with our students to improve their confidence and speaking skills.
Staff are involved in the Extra Curricular LEAP programme and the Masterclass programme.
Our 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)
- Visits to Bath University (translating and interpreting suite)
Please see each subject’s page for more details.