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MFL Curriculum

The Modern Foreign Languages faculty at Lord Derby Academy believe that learning a foreign language provides a social, cultural and educational experience for our pupils. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of learning Languages and culture in both Spanish and French.

We encourage our pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing.

The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In KS3, we encourage our pupils to learn two languages in order to enrich their quality of education and raise aspiration. During pupils’ option process in yr.9 we strive to encourage our dual linguists to continue to study both Spanish and French to GCSE.

Curriculum Pathway

MFL Curriculum Pathway

For details of the Secondary Assessment Overview, please click here.


Pupils in MFL engage with PAL (Practise/Additional/Learning) homework on a weekly basis.

In KS4 pupils are provided with individualised differentiated homework which focuses on skills needed in the examination in Yr.11


Enrichment is offered in MFL through a variety of pathways:

  • Spanish cultural exchange to Zaragoza 2018
  • French Cultural Trip 2019
  • Annual Visits to The University of Liverpool
  • 1:1 intervention support
  • Personalised Action Plan to enhance progress
  • Lesson 7 Programme to enrich pupils’ knowledge


Mrs L Holme: Head of Department
Mr M Wynne: Deputy Leader of MFL
Mrs J Arnold: Deputy Headteacher, Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs J Ellis: Deputy Headteacher, Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs E Jamieson: Classroom Teacher MFL
Miss S Kellner: Classroom Teacher MFL
Miss S Brophy: Classroom Teacher MFL

Useful Websites:

Pupils are encouraged to use our ICT facilities within the department to consolidate vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. The MFL department provides pupils with access to the following websites: Pupils are provided with a log in and password to compete with other pupils in the year group. Teachers can oversee the amount of time and topics covered by the pupils. We encourage our pupils to use this site and avoid online translations to contextualise vocabulary and widen their understanding of colloquial language. This site has a range of activities to encompass listening, reading, writing and verb conjugation. Teachers can set additional tasks as homework or during intervention sessions.

Water Safety this Summer:

Keep safe this summer, please click here to view a poster from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Exam Results Day 2022:

Please click here for information regarding Results Day.

Pupil Return to School and Standards and Expectations:

Please click here to read the Headteacher Letter to Parents/Carers.

Change of School Communications System:

Please click here to read information regarding the change in the school communications system.

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