We aim to nurture a lifelong passion for learning modern foreign languages, ensuring they are introduced in a way that is both enjoyable and fun. At the same time, we help children develop an awareness of cultural differences in other countries and widen their intellectual horizons.
Learning a foreign language stretches children intellectually and opens up new areas of knowledge and experience. We want our pupils to gain a personal satisfaction and sense of achievement from learning a new foreign language.
We seek to make children aware that all language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another, laying the foundations for future study. We develop children's general speaking and listening skills and, using different languages in a practical context, help pupils learn to communicate with confidence.
French is the main focus of language lessons from the Pre-Prep up to Form 7. Our teachers are native speakers, which lends authenticity and accuracy to the children's studies. Lessons are augmented with a very successful French club. We also have a thriving Spanish club.
Our annual Modern Languages Days involve every class in numerous activities related to language, history, music, food and culture of other countries.
Being so close to the Continent allows us to use trips to consolidate the pupils' learning. A highlight for Form 7 is a five-day residential trip to France as part of our Leavers' Programme. The children spend a day on the battlefields of the Somme learning about life for the locals and for our troops during the First World War. The children visit an authentic French market where they use their language skills to purchase picnic items from local stallholders and they explore the sights and sounds of Paris.