'Strong leadership, management and governance have successfully improved the school’s effectiveness.'Ofsted 2018

‘Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.’

Roger Bacon

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’

Nelson Mandela

‘To have another language is to possess a second soul.’


‘Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.’

Flora Lewis

“I’ve learned more than a language, a culture and a way of life, but also how to be mature and responsible – a new me”

“In MFL at St Aidan’s you can learn new languages but by having fun at the same time”

MFL Students

At St. Aidan’s we value languages and believe they are an indispensable skill in the modern world.

Our students have an excellent reputation for their linguistic ability and self-confidence. This reflects the department’s vision of educating the individual to become a highly skilled, well rounded and truly global citizen.

In KS3, all students study Spanish and some start learning French as well.  This is an amazing opportunity to build on foreign language skills introduced in primary.  Pupils develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  There is a big focus on active learning as this is engaging and it also encourages students to interact successfully; vital for anyone learning a language.

We use a comprehensive range of resources to develop our modern linguists at St Aidan’s including a dynamic on-line resource scheme called Active Teach On-line.

We also take time to develop a cultural knowledge of the countries who speak the foreign languages we teach.  We believe this is vital for nurturing well rounded and broad minded young citizens.

Topics in year 7




My opinions and my character

Introducing yourself



Free time





Where I live

My family and my home

Topics in year 8



My city


Media and technology




My life


My identity

Food and drink

Pupils in year 9 start the GCSE languages programme developing their communication skills on a range of topics including tourism, healthy living, technology, popular culture, citizenship and environmental issues.

Currently we offer Spanish and French to GCSE and A level, German as an enrichment class and English as a foreign language.

Extra-curricular activities in MFL help students further practise their language skills and help to promote the importance of languages.  Language competitions, foreign film cinema trips, language trips, spelling bees and university led MFL careers events all serve to develop our students’ skills, confidence and broaden their cultural understanding.

Curriculum Maps 2018-19
French Curriculum Map Y7 Spanish Curriculum Map Y7
French Curriculum Map Y8 Spanish Curriculum Map Y8
Y9 French Y9 Spanish
Y10 French Y10 Spanish
Y11 French Y11 Spanish
Course Information

GCSE MFL Course Information

For more information contact the Head of Department: Mr S Heron.

Year 7 and 8 Questionnaire.

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