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Cedars Upper School

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Modern Foreign Languages

The MFL department is staffed by two full-time and five part-time linguists. Everyone is a dual linguist; we all teach French and either Spanish or German.

The department offers the following courses:

  • GCSE French, German, Spanish
  • A Level French, German, Spanish
  • GCSE Latin

Where possible, we offer the opportunity for students to take a GCSE or A level in their home language.  Over the past three years students have achieved top grades in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Urdu and Arabic.

In Year 9, most students study French and either Spanish or German. As a subject which counts towards the English Baccalaureate, students are encouraged (but not forced) to continue with one language or both when making their GCSE choices. Every year, 50-60 students choose French and German and up to 100 students choose Spanish. At A level our numbers vary but are above the national average.

Our recent team review (May 2016) said that "Teachers …use a variety of approaches to engage students, which have contributed to positive attitudes and good progress over time for many students. Students are resilient learners and extremely eager to help each other independently of the teacher; a growth mindset is promoted…Resources used in the lessons provided students with an understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience".

Every year we offer the following foreign study trips:

  • a trip to Paris for Year 9 French students
  • a stay at a chateau in Normandy for Year 10/sixth-form French students
  • a visit to Berlin for all German students
  • a study visit to Seville for Year 11 Spanish students
  • an exchange to Madrid for sixth-form Spanish students

In February 2017 a group of Yr 11 French students will be taking part in a pilot exchange with a school in Lyon.

Each year we celebrate European Day of Languages on 26 September by organising a variety of school-wide activities. In February, we are hoping to enter three teams in the International Linguistics Olympiad.