MFL Staff

Mrs M. Esposito (Subject Leader MFL, Italian and French teacher)

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Mrs L. Saunders (Assistant Subject Leader MFL, i/c French)

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Mrs K. Harrington (French teacher)

Mrs L. Gordon (French teacher)

Miss C. Amato (Italian and French teacher)

Mrs L. Mascioli (Italian Consulate teacher)

Ms B. Ferrari (Italian Consulate teacher)

Mrs M. Cucurachi (Italian Consulate teacher)

Resources available in dept

Currently MFL lessons are taught in a suite of 4 classrooms – E3 to E6. All our classrooms are fitted with an integral sound system, interactive white boards and conventional white boards with full internet access

Ethos of the department

A welcoming, friendly department which strongly believes that learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures as well as fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world.

Attainment Targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key Stage 3: Statement of aims

MFL teaching focuses on developing the depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation based on the sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. In Italian, pupils follow the Tutti Insieme course in Years 7 and 8.  In French, pupils follow the Métro course.

Statement of progress

Pupils move from understanding and producing single words and sentences to extended writing, such as paragraphs.

Curriculum overview – for each academic year the content for each subject

Year 7: Personal Identity, Family, School

Year 8: Hobbies, House, Holidays, Food

How classes/groups are organised

Each year group is divided into six teaching groups (L/R and T/W) with classes ranging from 12 – 24 students. All the groups are set according to ability.

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Core aim of qualification 

At GCSE, pupils develop: an understanding of Italian and French in a variety of contexts, an increased knowledge of vocabulary and structures, transferable language learning skills, the ability to communicate effectively in the target language and cultural awareness of France and Italy.

Exam board and weblink to exam board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Curriculum overview – for each academic year the content for each subject

Year 9 –  Personal Identity, Free Time, Festivals

Year 10 – Home and Local area, Travel, School

Year 11 – Future plans, Work, Environment, Revision

How classes/groups are organised

Year 9 is divided into six teaching groups (L/R and T/W) with classes ranging from 12 – 24 students. These are set according to ability as well as Years 10 and 11.

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Core aim of qualification

The MFL A level provides a logical and realistic progression from GCSE that: develops research and reading skills, acknowledges the importance of knowledge and understanding of French/ Italian- language culture, including literary study. Pupils are able to supplement their learning by using the Dynamic learning software package.

Exam board and weblink to exam board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry requirements

A GCSE pass of 7 and above is recommended.

Curriculum overview – for each academic year the content for each subject

Year 12 –  Society – Family, Education, Work; Culture – Music, Media, Festivals, Films

Year 13 –  Multicultural Society – Immigration and political parties; Occupation and resistance, Literature

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Future pathways

Many past students have studied French and Italian at University, often studying new languages ab initio. The communication and analytical skills gained in this course are also useful in many non-language careers e.g. Law, Accountancy.


Jobs related directly to studying MFL include: Interpreter, Translator, Secondary School teacher, Private tutor. Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Journalist, Detective, International aid worker, Marketing executive, Sales executive, Tour manager.

Dept Feedback Policy

The Modern Languages Department policy re-visits and exchanges abroad follows the pattern below:

  • In Year 7 a weekend visit to Le Touquet, France
  • In Year 8 a twelve-day trip to Côte d’Azur, France and Lake Garda, Italy
  • In Year 9 a five-day trip is organized to Paris and Eurodisney.
  • In Year 10: an eighteen-day trip to Italy, including a two-centre visit (Lake Garda region and Sorrento area).

In Years 11-13, pupils have the opportunity to visit Sicily as well as to take part in a work experience programme in Catania

Revision activities

Weekly lunch time revision classes for GCSE and A Level pupils