All pupils take French in the First Year. At this stage, we teach using differentiation in order to bridge the gap between girls who have not learnt the language in primary school and those who already have a good knowledge of French.
In Second Year, the girls take up Spanish if appropriate and continue with both foreign languages until the Third Year where we strongly encourage girls to continue with both languages if they are able. Most of our girls study either French or Spanish up to GCSE.
Throughout these language learning years, the girls become increasingly confident in expressing themselves on various topics such as friends and family, their holidays, where they live, school life and talking about topical issues such as the environment.
A Level languages is also a popular choice with a number of pupils choosing to study both Spanish and French at a higher level. We believe that, with the right amount of work and effort, our A Level language pupils can leave the Sixth Form fluent in their target language/s. They are given every opportunity to discuss, debate and also write fluently about a full range of subjects, with a focus on the use of increasingly complex grammar and a wider breadth of vocabulary.