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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ― Nelson Mandela

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ― Frank Smith

“A different language is a different vision of life.” ― Federico Fellini

“We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve student performance in other subjects.” ― Richard Riley


Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Here at SPH, The MFL Department provides all students with an exciting and engaging introduction to language learning, the chance to develop their skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and an insight into other cultures. We are a passionate and dedicated team of six specialist language teachers who take great pride in their students and the progress they are making.

In the last three years, we have been organising immersive trips to France, Germany and Spain where our students had the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities with their pen pals. We have also been very privileged to be hosting two Spanish schools. These experiences have been truly invaluable for our students. Here are a few photos:

Key Stage 3

In year 7, students study Spanish for half of the year and French for the other half. At the end of year 7, students will decide if they carry on with French, Spanish or start learning German from year 8 until the end of Year 9. Throughout the course of KS3, students will learn to introduce themselves and their family in the target language. They will also be able to talk and write about a range of topics such as hobbies, pets, food, school etc.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board used:

We follow the AQA exam board.

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE French

GCSE German

GCSE Spanish


Course content

The themes and topics on which the course is based come under 3 theme titles:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
  • Current and Future Study and Employment

Course objectives

Our objective is to enable students of all abilities to develop their French, German and Spanish Language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.  We are passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring.  We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding.


Assessment for the GCSE course comprises four elements:

- A final writing examination                                         25% of the final grade

- A final speaking examination                                      25% of the final grade

- A final reading examination                                        25% of the final grade

- A final listening examination                                       25% of the final grade

Students may be entered for either Foundation or Higher tier but not both.

GCSE students will be assessed regularly throughout the year.

Key Stage 5

Examination Board used:

We follow the Edexcel exam board for French and Spanish.

We follow the AQA exam board for German.

Qualification to be obtained:

A level French

A level German

A level Spanish

Course content

  • Changes in society
  • Art
  • Immigration and integration
  • Media
  • Politics

+ the study of a book and a film

Course objectives

A-level languages build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts and situations. The emphasis of the A-level language course focuses on improving communication in your foreign language through different means as well as being able to use it in a variety of situations, developing your key skills areas and most importantly to encourage you to fall in love with learning languages.


Assessment for the A level course comprises three exam papers:

  • A final writing examination                                         30% of the final grade
  • A final speaking examination                                      30% of the final grade           

French and Spanish

  • A final reading and listening examination                 40% of the final grade
  • A final writing examination                                         20% of the final grade
  • A final speaking examination                                      30% of the final grade    


  • A final reading and listening examination                50% of the final grade

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