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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

Modern Foreign Languages

Acing Director of Learning - Mr S Farrell Email

Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Bienvenido!

The department of Modern Foreign Languages is a lively and enthusiastic subject area which offers students of all abilities a wide range of opportunities. They can experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent. Our department features well qualified and experienced staff, teaching French, German and Spanish up to A level.

The school has a strong tradition with foreign languages, regularly exchanging with partner schools in Germany and Spain. We are extremely proud of these exchanges which are amongst the longest partnerships in the country with the German exchange now in its 40th year. Our students in Years 9-13 have the fantastic opportunity to spend a week with a family and in return their families welcome their partners to show them a slice of English life.

We also organise Key Stage 3 Language trips abroad with French trips to Normandy and Paris for Years 7-10 and Sixth Form study trips to Berlin, Paris and Madrid. In addition, Poynton High School is an Erasmus+ school with links to eight other schools in the EU. We have also achieved the International School Award.

Director of Learning Mr S Farrell (F-S)

MFL teachers

(French - German - Spanish)

Mr G Ferrandon-Latch (Assistant Director of Learning) (F-G)
Mrs J Barker (F-G-S)
Mrs C Graves (F-G)
Mrs E McGuire (F-G)
Miss J Takhi (F-G)
Mrs N Cornwall (F-S)
Mrs L Turner (F-S)


Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students are learning one language (French or Spanish in 2017-18, Spanish or German in 2019-20) and they are taught in mixed ability groups for 6 lessons per fortnight of each language.

In Years 8 and 9, students continue with their language and they have 5 lessons per timetable cycle. Students are generally in mixed ability groups in all 3 languages.

Students follow the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 3. We also use a variety of new technologies and interactive resources such as ActiveLearn, Quizlet or Linguascope in our dedicated Language ICT suite to consolidate and enrich the students’ experience of the language.

Key Stage 4 
Students are strongly encouraged to opt for French, German or Spanish at GCSE and may study one or two languages.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. They undertake a number of internal assessment tests throughout the course in all 4 skills and, at the end of Year 11, will sit their formal examinations (which will be tiered Foundation or Higher).

Students continue to study from the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 4.  We also use a selection of resources to enable students to achieve the best grades.

Key Stage 5
Students have the opportunity to study French, German or Spanish to A level, following the AQA syllabus. We use a range of up-to-date and authentic resources as well as following the AQA textbooks published by Hodder Education and Oxford. They also study a film and a piece of literature in their chosen language over the 2 years of the course.

A level in MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of the country where the target language is spoken. The course develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider the language in a broader context.

There is a long-standing record of excellent success at AS and A level which enables students to further their studies at university. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers in each language. Each A level is taught by two teachers who divide the syllabus up into their specialist areas.