MFL Faculty

Birchwood Linguists are enthusiastic communicators who are culturally aware and understand the importance of being a good global citizen.

Modern Foreign Languages


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KRK Miss K Roderick Head of Faculty
(Spanish / French)
EVN Mrs E Van Baalen French / Spanish
GBN Mr G Bowman Second in Faculty
(German / French)
JDY Miss J Defay French
KMS Mrs K Mangin-Griffiths French
ROS Mrs R Ogus French / Spanish

Curriculum Maps

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities will be available shortly.



After school


Subject Support


Lunchtimes sessions for French (KMS/JDY/GBN), Spanish (KRK) and German (GBN) by arrangement with each teacher

After school

After-school sessions for:
Monday, KS4 French, Mrs Madsen B14
Tuesday, KS4 French, Mrs Mangin-Griffiths B18, Miss Defay B17
Wednesday, KS4 French, Miss Defay B17
KS4 German, Mr Bowman by arrangement with students
KS4 Spanish, Miss Roderick by arrangement with students


London Spanish Film Festival

Spanish A level and Year 11 students recently attended the London Spanish Film Festival, which took place at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington.
We met at Bishop’s Stortford train Station at 3.35pm and travelled into London via train and the tube. We arrived in plenty of time to be able to grab a bite to eat before making our way to the cinema on foot. It was so great to be in London again after so long!
We chose the film “La Isla de las Mentiras” (Island of Lies) which had a very unusual but interesting storyline. It was about a shipwreck off the coast of a small Galician island and how the people dealt with the incident, with lots of twists and turns.
I enjoyed the whole experience of watching the film in Spanish; it made me think about the cultural aspects involved and how the film was made (we study a film as part of our course). This trip was also very helpful in terms of developing my listening skills, and being totally absorbed in something different. I would recommend this trip to any Spanish student as it was beneficial and an enjoyable experience. We will look forward to the next one!
Alice Peacock, Year 13

MFL Bitmoji Classroom

Our MFL Bitmoji Classroom!

Welcome to our Year 6 Transition virtual classroom! Click on our faces, posters, items in the bookshelf etc & discover the world of MFL at Birchwood High School.

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Le Touquet

Early on Monday 7 October, a large group of Year 9 French students got on a coach and drove to France for 5 days. On our first day we visited Boulogne, the fabulous gardens and walked down to Nausicaá sea life centre. We then travelled to our hotel, L’Hippôtel in Le Touquet. On day two we went to a fish market followed by an explore around the market in Étaples, which was very traditional. Later on we went swimming and enjoyed lots of lovely French food at our hotel. During our stay we also had the opportunity to visit Vimy Ridge and actually went into a real trench (the visitors centre was also very interesting) followed by the
Canadian War Memorial. In Arras we went into Les Boves (the underground tunnels used for lots of different reasons over the years) and shopped for the most delicious cakes! The town of Le Touquet was quiet at this time of year, but very pretty, and we enjoyed the most amazing crêpes after doing our town trail and having our packed lunches on the beach. We also had a talk from L’Escargotier, where he talked us through why snails are so important to French culture. We also go to eat them which was a unique experience too. That afternoon we had an adventure in the trees at Opalaventure which was so much fun. On our final day. Bruno the Boulanger talked to us about his traditional way of bread-making and afterwards we had an enormous pain au chocolat! A lot of eating took place and everyone enjoyed it! Thanks to Miss Roderick and Mrs Dixon for organising the trip and to Mrs Madsen and Mrs de Graaf for accompanying us; Scott the coach driver was totally awesome too!

William Gilbank, Year 9, BBC reporter