Modern Foreign Languages

MFL Staff List
Mrs L Lynch Head of Faculty & Head of French - SLE
Mrs D Fernandez  2nd in Faculty - Head of Spanish
Mrs C Boyd French - Spanish Teacher
Mr J McGee Spanish - French Teacher
Ms S Skraban French - Spanish Teacher
Dr C Cusick Assistant Headteacher - French Teacher - Designated Senior Person                              
Miss A Norgrove Spanish - French Teacher         
Mrs L Robinson French Language Assistant
Mrs S Hammond Spanish Language Assistant
Modern Foreign Language teaching at Leventhorpe will enable all students to communicate with native speakers at home and abroad and thus foster sensitivity, understanding and awareness of other countries, their people and their culture. Through consistent use of target language we aim to give all students the opportunity to fully participate in a range of language experiences with high quality teaching and learning and with a focus on high expectations.

Curriculum Overview

At Leventhorpe students have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish from Year 7 up to Year 13. Students are assessed on a continual basis in all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students can access the resources on Moodle2, where they will be able to find PowerPoints and worksheets used in class, extra reading texts and grammar exercises. Homework will be set via Showmyhomework as per the ‘out of school learning’ timetable.

French and Spanish are accepted by universities and colleges for appropriate courses. In the past, students have gone on to study French and/or Spanish at degree level as well as combine their language with degrees in Law, Business, Engineering, etc. The knowledge of a foreign language offers wider opportunities to work or travel abroad and will enhance a wide variety of jobs and careers.

Many Language students go on to study the language at university. The choice of degrees is currently wider than ever before. You can study French or Spanish by itself or combine it with another subject, which tends to be the most popular option: hence, Spanish and French or Spanish and law are examples of possibilities offered by a considerable number of universities. Within French or Spanish itself, you could decide to further your knowledge of the language's literature or work towards a qualification that stresses the more vocational aspects of translation and interpreting. It is important to understand what different courses include before deciding which university to apply to. Modern Language graduates experience one of the lowest rates of unemployment following their degree. As members of Europe, Britain has close ties with businesses across Europe, and particularly with our closest neighbour, France. French is one of the main working languages of the European parliament, and is highly regarded by universities. Spanish is a very employable language. The economy of Latin America has grown in recent years and Britain has recently made a commitment to deepening relations and to co-operating with this emerging part of the world. Spanish is the second most widely spoken in the world.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

All students in Year 7 and 8 study French and Spanish for three lessons per fortnight.

Year 9

At the end of Year 8, students can opt to continue to study French or Spanish or continue with both. In Year 9 all students study the language(s) they have chosen to continue for four lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11 (GCSE)

All students are encouraged to take at least one language at GCSE, regardless of what they consider doing after Year 11. Not only is it a valuable addition to your CV, but its usefulness as a holiday language is unrivalled. Those students who have opted to continue to study at least one language at GCSE will have five lessons per week per language studied in Year 10 and 11. The aims of a language GCSE are to develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts, knowledge of the language and language learning skills, the ability to communicate effectively in the language and awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 & 13 (AS & A2 Level)

Both French and Spanish are available at A Level. The course is designed to offer candidates opportunities to study the use of French/ Spanish for a wide range of purposes. It will provide a suitable foundation for progression into employment and a solid grounding in language skills and knowledge of French/Spanish cultures. 

In order to study French/Spanish at A Level students must have achieved the minimum Sixth Form entry requirements. In addition to this students must have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE Spanish and/or French.

Mission Statement

Modern Foreign Language teaching at Leventhorpe will enable all students to communicate with native speakers at home and abroad and thus foster sensitivity, understanding and awareness of other countries, their people and their culture. Through consistent use of target language we aim to give all students the opportunity to fully participate in a range of language experiences with high quality teaching and learning and with a focus on high expectations.

Extra-Curricular Activities & Trips

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We offer a variety of support classes for our GCSE students throughout the year. Ad hoc support sessions for other students are available at students’ request ~ these need to be arranged with their language teacher if necessary.

Our A level students attend a one to one session on a regular basis with our Language Assistants. Year 11 GCSE students are also given the opportunity to develop their speaking skills with our assistants, either working individually or in small groups during these weekly sessions [this is timetable permitting].

We also run a variety of trips. These may change year on year depending on students’ interests as well as pricing of the proposed trips. Currently we run the following trips:

  • Year 7 Day Trip to France
  • Year 9 & 10 Residential Trip to Northern France (3 days)
  • Year 10 Residential Trip to Benalmadena, Spain (5 days)


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