MFL Faculty

“An Outstanding Faculty and a real strength of the school”

Ofsted 2010, verbal feedback

Modern Foreign Languages

Staff

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

KRK Miss K Roderick Spanish and French/Head of Faculty
GBN Mr G Bowman German/Second in Faculty
JDY Miss J Defay French
KMS Mrs K Mangin-Griffiths French
PFL Mrs P Fowell French and Spanish
MMY Mrs M Mulley French and German/Assistant Principal
TMN Mrs T Madsen French/EAL Coordinator

Courses

High School

At Key Stage 3:

French

Top-set students also study

German

or

Spanish

At Key Stage 4:

French
GCSE; Edexcel

German
GCSE; Edexcel

Spanish
GCSE; Edexcel

Sixth Form

French
A-level; Edexcel

German
A-level; Edexcel

Spanish
A-level; Edexcel

Extra-Curricular Activities

Lunchtimes

TBC

After school

TBC

Subject Support

Lunchtimes

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

After school

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

News

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.


Willkommen an die Deutschen!

On 14 September, our German exchange partners arrived for the second part of the exchange. The partners spent the weekend with host families and went to places like London, Ely, Cambridge and more, seeing local tourist spots and learning about British culture and lifestyle.

Day activities included a day in school, a day trip to Cambridge and a town trail around Bishop's Stortford and Saffron Walden. They also went to London, seeing landmarks such as St. Paul’s and the London Eye.

They learnt so much about our culture while they were over here and we got to compare German and British
customs, looking at the differences in our attitudes and habits. It was fun to learn about the difference in language, especially when one of us played Dobble, a picture-based card game with our partner.

At the airport at the end of the week, hugs and farewells were exchanged and many tears were shed, but everyone had a fantastic time and we hope that lifelong friendships were made!

The students would love to thank Mr Bowman, Miss Roderick and Mrs Dixon for organising the exchange, as well as to those who participated from the Peter-Joerres Gymnasium and would fully recommend it to the next set of GCSE German students!

You can see more images of the trip on the Birchwood MFL Twitter page, @MFLbwood.

Mr Bowman

Modern Foreign Languages