Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department: Maureen Oswald

Deputy Head of Department: Katie Jones

Key Stage 3 Coordinator: David de Sousa

Members of Department:

  • Petra Antonio
  • Sky Herington
  • Shameem Pavel
  • Lucy Ross
  • Lee Wax

The Modern Foreign Languages Department consists of eight members of teaching staff, and four foreign language assistants.  French or Spanish is taught to all Year 7 pupils for 2 sessions a week.  Those pupils who are very keen on languages may choose to study both French and Spanish in Year 8, and Bengali is also an option for Year 8 pupils.

The department occupies 6 rooms, 5 classrooms and one work room which is suitable for conversation classes with the language assistant.  Additionally, one of the classrooms is equipped with 30 network computer stations.  Each full-time teacher has their own classroom base, equipped with interactive whiteboard.

KS3 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 7-8)

  • Pupils study either French or Spanish (Year 7)
  • Topics include: My Family, Where I live, My school, Leisure and free time, Food, Health, and Holidays
  • In Year 8, pupils can choose to study Bengali
  • Pupils who are particularly interested in learning languages can learn French and Spanish in Year 8
  • Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to spend a day in France in the summer term
  • Pupils identified as Gifted and Talented attend the annual BFI trip for both French and Spanish, to study short films
  • Pupils in Year 7 can take part in the annual Languages spelling bee
  • Year 8 pupils can spend a few nights in Paris in the Spring Term

KS4 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 9-11)

  • Pupils take Spanish, French or Bengali at GCSE
  • Once pupils have taken a language GCSE, they may keep this up in an after school club. In Year 10 there is also the opportunity to apply for the Routes Into Languages Summer School, run by London universities for students interested in languages in higher education
  • Spanish GCSE pupils have the opportunity to spend a few days in Barcelona in the Autumn Term

KS5 curriculum and enrichment opportunities (Years 12-13)

French A Level is currently offered at Morpeth, and we hope to offer Spanish in the near future

Other Important Information

We aim to offer pupils who speak other languages the opportunity to gain a GCSE qualification in that language. Pupils have taken GCSEs in Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Turkish and Chinese.