Senior MFL

The role of the MFL department is to promote the skills and fun of learning Languages at any level. The department is staffed by a very enthusiastic and friendly team including a native French speaker, also the Head of Department, and a native German speaker. Languages are offered across the school from the preparatory to the secondary school, building on pupils’ freshly acquired knowledge up to FCSE, GCSE and A level. Taking up a language in KS4 is strongly advised as the courses are catered for all abilities and learning styles and will provide the students with vital skills which will stand them in good stead later in life.

Modern Languages have a distinctive contribution to make to the School Curriculum and our aims are to:

  • develop the ability to use language effectively for purposes of practical communication
  • form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
  • offer insight into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken
  • develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
  • promote learning skills of more general application (eg analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences)
  • develop students' understanding of themselves and their own culture

The Modern Languages Department at Trinity believes strongly that the learning of a foreign language makes an important contribution to the educational, social and cultural development of young people.




Sandrine Haytread – HOD – French up to A level

Jana Fischer – German up to A level

James Shea – Chinese for A level native speakers

Claire Palmer – Spanish KS2 and A level


Courses at FCSE

At the end of Y9 the students will be rewarded with a certificate for completing the Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education in French and German with AQA.


Courses at GCSE

AQA French and German;


My World : Friends & family, environment, school and future plans and careers

Travel : Tourism and holidays, transport & communication

Work & Lifestyle : Home life, healthy living, work experience, shopping, leisure

Society : Social issues & choices, the environment, relationships, responsibilities


 In the 4 skill areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

  • Listening 20%;
  • Reading 20%;
  • Speaking (internally assessed) 30%;
  • Writing (externally assessed) 30%

Mix and match exam entry; choice of Foundation/Higher Level in each skill area according to your ability.

Courses at A level

French – German – Spanish – examination board; AQA

Chinese – examination board; Edexcel


Studying a language at A-level helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where the language is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken target language in a variety of contexts and genres.


Media, popular culture, healthy living and lifestyle and family and relationship.


In the 4 skill areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

  • Listening  Reading and Writing 70%;
  • Speaking  30%;


Extra-curricular activities in department

The department has organised various trips over the years to France and Germany as well as attending local universities for conferences or revision days.

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