Modern Foreign Languages

We aim to promote a global mindset and life-long appreciation for cultural diversity. Our students will grow in both curiosity and linguistic competence, ready to adapt to a multi-cultural and mutually respectful world.

In MFL, we aim to develop a love of language learning in all pupils and to foster a linguistic and cultural curiosity. We endeavour to equip students with the skills to make links between previously studied language content and to build on prior learning. MFL aims to prepare students to use language to justify and express interests and opinions, along with practical language use. Our curriculum allows students to express themselves in a variety of tenses across a wide range of subject content, with an obvious focus on literacy. We promote diversity and tolerance, as well as important skills, such as effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking. Through our curriculum we foster the ethos of the school encouraging all students to be kind and respectful towards other cultures and be determined to become confident communicators. The MFL curriculum is engaging, and students reflect on themes which are relevant to today’s young people and the world around them.

In Key Stage 3, students have two one hour lessons a week taught in mixed ability classes.


Assessments are carried out half-termly at the end of each module to track and monitor students’ progress, and feedback is given. Key pieces of work completed in books are marked regularly each half term. Students use peer and self-assessment in lesson and students are given opportunities to improve based on all feedback.

At KS4, French is taught as a GCSE option subject and counts towards the English Baccalaureate. Students opting for French GCSE in KS4 have 3 one hour lessons a week. They follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE exam course. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examination in the summer of Year 11.


Assessments, to track progress, are set regularly throughout each half term.  Feedback is given based on GCSE exam criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at The Heys, students are taught the following key skills through a range of topic areas:


Listening:  To understand and respond to different types of spoken language.

Speaking:  To communicate and interact in speech.

Reading:  To understand and respond to different types of written language.

Writing:  To communicate in writing.

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3  are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview MFL KS3 (2023-24)

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 4 (GCSE)  are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview MFL – KS4 (2023-24)

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE French is 1FR0

  • Our own GCSE revision materials provided through our Padlet and booklets
  • Extra-curricular activities which take place throughout the academic year include the French Film Festival and events/trips/visits organised with our Language Leaders
  • Interventions – these take place during lunchtimes and after school according to the intervention timetable put together at the start of each academic year for pupils in year 11.