We are very proud of our vibrant department, which offers French, German and Spanish from Upper Three to A2 level, with many students opting to study two languages. There is also the opportunity to study Italian ab initio in the Sixth Form to GCSE and AS level.
Girls in U3 study two lessons of French, German and Spanish for the year to give them a real feel for each language. They can then choose any two languages in L4 or they may have the opportunity to continue with all three languages.
In 2009, we embarked upon the IGCSE course in all three languages, as we felt it would push linguistic boundaries and maximise our pupils’ linguistic potential. In Lower Five, we have a home stay programme for all girls, enhancing their cultural awareness in Berlin, Madrid and Paris.
At Sixth form level, there is a trip to Paris and the opportunity to organise work experience abroad or an exchange. Having completed their A2, many girls go on to study languages at university with a view to using them in their future careers, either at home or abroad.
Beyond the curriculum, we offer plays in the foreign languages, theatre and cinema trips, cooking experiences and native speaking assistants.
For those who are interested in pursuing other languages, there is the opportunity to join Mandarin club. For bilingual students, we are able to organise examinations in their mother tongue.