MFL Faculty

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

Modern Foreign Languages


To contact a member of this Faculty, click their staff initials to open a new e-mail

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


European Day of Languages

At Birchwood we have celebrated European Day of Languages with a fabulous cultural fayre with students representing a wonderful array of countries, cultures and of course food.

Spanish Festival

Two A level Spanish students, along with Miss Roderick and Mrs Madsen, took a trip down to Portobello Road for a fabulous, culturally
immersive and enriching experience. The Portobello Spanish Festival aims to “bring a taste of spanish culture” to the streets of London, and it delivered. We explored the vast array of street stalls, the most popular in our case being the one selling churros con chocolate! There were interactive flamenco performances throughout the day, with live singers, but our highlight was later on, when we had the pleasure of experiencing a live Cuban jazz band, complete with the necessary flair and hip-shaking rhythm, as proven by Mrs Madsen and her son, Jago, with whom we had met up with earlier, taking to the floor to show us how it’s done! It was a fitting finale to a great day, enjoyed by all!

Le Touquet

Le Touquet 2018

Year 9, recently returned from their fantastic trip to Le Touquet. During the week the students immersed themselves in French culture, food and history. They had fun cooking traditional bread in wood fired ovens at an artisan Boulangerie and tried snails after visiting an organic snail farm. Other activities the students tried included Opalaventure high ropes course and exploring the caves at Arras where soldiers stored food and lived in during WWII. Students said they felt it had been the best trip they had been on.