In the Senior School, we offer French, German and Spanish and pupils may choose two out of the three subjects in Years 7-9. Teaching covers a wide range of written and verbal communication with plenty of games as well as practical and cultural activities to aid learning, including SMART technology, language learning websites and Internet resources.


All pupils are encouraged to study at least one foreign language at GCSE level and many pupils choose to study two different languages. The GCSE courses are based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are developed as learners progress through their studies. The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken, encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.

Trips & Events

Regular foreign trips are offered by the department to enrich pupils' language learning. We offer a bi-annual German exchange with a school in Hamburg, as well as residential visits to France and Spain and trips to the Christmas markets in Germany. In addition, our bi-annual Languages Week delivers a whole host of special events, ranging from taster sessions in new languages such as Russian and Japanese to plays, trips and visits. The French Breakfast, Spanish Restaurant and German Café are always popular events, as are our Foreign Language Film Nights.