Our Teaching Staff
|Head of Department||Teaching Staff|
|Mr M. Bundy||
Miss A. Soubrier Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator
Mrs S. Ramsay Lead Teacher
Mrs E. Cato-Sargeant Spanish& French
Miss H. Corthorne French
Mrs M. Johnstone Spanish
Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, alongside an understanding of the structure of language, lays the foundations for future study of other languages and supports the development of literacy skills in a student’s own language.
Key Stage 3
All students follow a course in either French or Spanish in Years 7, 8 and 9, after which the vast majority continue with one of these languages at GCSE level in Years 10 and 11.
Our KS3 schemes of work provide for a secure foundation in the GCSE topics and grammar, and are delivered according to AfL principles and through a range of activities that respond to different learning styles.
Students are regularly assessed in the four skills as well as in the acquisition of vocabulary and key grammar.
Key Stage 4
KS4 students have seven 45-minute lessons per fortnight. They are also able to attend after-school booster classes.
Students follow the AQA GCSE course. We are committed to providing students with a sound understanding of the grammatical structures that will allow them to communicate confidently and accurately, both in the GCSE examinations and in real-life situations with native speakers.
Careers in languages
A language can be a useful personal skill and a great asset in many careers, especially in this international age, within Europe and beyond. Having a working knowledge of a language can be an advantage in careers such as: catering, librarianship, secretarial work, information technology, tourism and the travel industry, journalism and publishing. For students studying beyond GCSE, languages combine well with History, Geography, Government and Politics, Information Technology, Business Studies and English. Many universities see it as a support for a range of Arts courses.
Access this website to prepare for all your lessons from Year 7 to Year 11. You will find courses made and recorded by St Catherine's staff. Your teacher will give you the course links.
French online dictionary
Spanish online dictionary
If you would like to find out more about the MFL curriculum, please contact Mr. Bundy at: