We are such stuff as dreams are made on…
Vigour and rigour; precision and diversity; inclusivity and individuality. Such are the watchwords of the Languages Department. Each individual is valued and catered for and results are high. Language lessons are to be learnt from…and enjoyed! They may take a wide range of forms: sixth-form seminars; pupil-led presentations; projects and short, sharp tests. From translating authentic texts to creating board games, from using the internet to learning spellings, our aim is to offer each individual the best opportunity to unlock their full potential. We aim to help pupils be secure, comfortable and stretched and aspirational linguists.
The aim is to offer opportunity and excitement.
For our students, the world is their oyster!
In Modern Foreign Languages, we have an experienced group of top linguists ably assisted by native speakers who work with small groups of students in the teaching of French, German and Spanish. We have the outstanding digilab enabling a wide range of interactive learning experiences.
We are proud of, though not complacent about, our reputation as an international school: we have thirty or so different native languages represented by current students from all over the world and we celebrate this every year through the European Day of Languages at school.
We have an enviable profile of visits abroad run by staff in diverse areas of the curriculum and have also established strong links with schools in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France, Germany and Slovenia, with new connections being explored with those in countries as far apart as Japan, Poland and now the USA.
English is also thriving at the school. Outstanding A-level and GCSE results (and regular Oxbridge applicants) suggest classroom rigour. This, importantly, is supported by multiple extra-curricular opportunities. Public speaking flourishes, as does debating. The Twitter account has 350+ followers (including many other Heads of Department nationwide). Creative Writing club, book clubs (one producing its own excellent magazine of reviews and bookish matters), external speakers such as Oliver Kamm from The Times, links with the Bradford Literature Festival, theatre trips galore (one of which also incorporated a trip to the Gothic exhibition at the British Library last year), Media Studies trips, Media Studies filming, lower school Spelling Bee, upper school Poetry Recitation: if a pupil is interested, the opportunity will appear!