Modern Foreign Languages

Aims & Ethos

We form an enthusiastic, energetic team with a commitment to developing pupils’ literacy and language skills, as well as pupils’ knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of the culture of the countries whose languages they are studying.   

The Modern Foreign Languages Department 2013-2014


Subject Leader:

Mrs Diana Smith

Additional languages spoken: Greek/Italian


Mrs Valeria Gagliano

Additional languages spoken: Italian/French


Mr Jamie King



Ms Jennifer-Anne Dove

Additional languages spoken: Italian


Ms Pauline Gilmé



Ms Qi Lu

Mandarin Chinese


Mrs Debbie Brazier

MFL Resources Assistant

We aim to broaden pupils’ perceptions of language use in the modern world.  Pupils are encouraged to take part in trips abroad to practise the language wherever possible.  We have links with partner schools in France and China. 
The Modern Languages department has its own suite of classrooms, each equipped with interactive Smart Boards giving access to a wide range of ICT resources.  In addition to main textbooks, dictionaries and digital resources, we have an extensive resource bank including laptops, video and kinaesthetic resources to support a wide variety of learning activities and teaching methods.