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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence


The MFL Department (Spanish and French)

We are a lively department where student engagement is at the core.

Teaching excellent literacy skills to students, in accordance with the school’s literacy across the curriculum agenda is something extremely important to us. Furthermore, Teaching and Learning across the department is consistently at the highest level and we work together to maintain this, in order to ensure that students have the best experience of learning in our subjects. We frequently consult a Faculty impact team of students from across the school to ensure that MFL remains relevant and enjoyable.

Key Stage 3 

During Key Stage 3, pupils begin to understand, speak, read and write in the target language. Pupils become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language, and use this knowledge with increasing competence to express themselves in role plays, conversations and writing. They also increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Key Stage 3 runs through Year 7 and Year 8 with a huge focus on the 4 disciplines of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Students cover a range of topics throughout this key stage including meeting with friends and socialising, family, food and holidays. Teaching is lively and dynamic with lots of drama, music and kinaesthetic learning used to bring the topics alive!

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4, both Spanish and French are three year courses taught in mixed ability groups.
The Year 9 course is designed to prepare pupils to meet the requirements to complete their GCSE exams by the end of Year 11.  In Year 10 students will prepare 2 out of 4 controlled assessments and Year 11 learners will complete the other 2 controlled assessments remaining and sit for the Listening and Reading exams. The GCSE specification is designed to engage teenagers and the controlled assessments are based around topical issues relevant to teenagers.

Key Stage 5 

Since 2013, we have been running French & Spanish A-level at Bishop Douglass. We also offer GCSE Spanish to Sixth form students – to ensure that all students have the option – no matter how late – to fulfil the EBAC requirements for university entry.

Kyushu High School Students visit Bishop Douglass



Engendering a love for languages is central to our department ethos! We run trips to Paris as well as various Spanish cities – (Valencia in 2013, Paris in 2013 and 2015). This is to ensure that students are immersed in the language and culture of France and Spain, and become more culturally aware. It also gives the course more purpose as students can experience the language first hand.