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Statement of Intent

Acquire linguistic skills to communicate effectively in another language and cultural knowledge to promote global citizenship.

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 pupils will experience three lessons of Spanish per week. Pupils will also be exposed to French language and culture through our cultural enrichment events and extra-curricular activities. During the options process in Year 9, we strive to encourage pupils to become dual linguists and study both French and Spanish to GCSE.

Key Stage 3 Overview Link

MFL Overview


Pupils in MFL engage with PAL (Practise/Additional/Learning) homework on a weekly basis. In KS3 we also encourage out of classroom learning through project based homework.


Enrichment is offered in MFL through a variety of pathways:

  • KS3 MFL Spelling Bee competition and collaboration with Primary Schools
  • European week of Languages
  • Mexican Day of the Dead celebration
  • Spanish exchange hosting
  • University Language aptitude competition

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.


Mrs L Holme: Head of Department, Lead of Higher Achievers / NACE AQA Examiner
Mrs J Arnold: Deputy Headteacher, Director of Pupil Premium / Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs J Ellis: Assistant Headteacher, Director of KS3 / Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs E Jamieson: Classroom Teacher MFL
Miss S Kellner: Classroom Teacher MFL
Miss S Brophy: Classroom Teacher MFL, NQT/ITT Professional mentor

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