Modern Languages

Key Stage 3

In the MFL department we believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn 2 foreign languages in Years 7 & 8. Students either take French and German OR French and Spanish at PHS. Parents are informed of their child’s pathway in Year 6. Towards the end of Year 8, students have the option of choosing which language to continue in Year 9.

We aim to make language learning inspirational and enjoyable. Our students learn through a variety of teaching skills and styles which ensure that all students’ learning styles are catered for. Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.


Key Stage 4

Students currently study for their GCSE exams through the AQA exam board.

Students are assessed on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through exams at the end of Year 11. Each skill is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.


There are three broad themes which are covered during the course:

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  3. Current and future study and employment


Extracurricular Activities


We believe in providing real opportunities to practice the foreign language. So in addition to our work in the classroom we run successful trips to France, Germany and Spain. These trips are immensely popular and often oversubscribed.

In December 2018 students from Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 visited Aachen in Germany on a 2 day visit. On the first day, our pupils explored the German market stalls where they were able to use their spoken German. The next day, the pupils from our partner school, Couven Gymnasium, met with us and gave our pupils an excellent guided tour of the historical town centre in small groups.


In July 2018 we visited Normandy in France for 5 days. We took part in excursions to Mont-Saint Michel, the American and British military cemeteries, Omaha Beach, the Arromanches 360 cinema, Festyland theme park and the pretty town of Bayeux, where we saw the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Pupils stayed at the Château du Molay where they were able to enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool, games room and a disco.


In March 2019 over twenty Year 9 pupils from Collège St Joseph in Cossé-le-Vivien in Mayenne (close to Brittany) visited PHS for a day. The pupils attended the Year 9 assembly, lessons with our Year 8, 9 & 10 pupils and were also introduced to table tennis during lunchtime.


PHS celebrated the European Day of Languages on Wednesday 26th September 2018. There were a number of activities throughout the day including foreign food tasting, flag face painting, a language poster treasure hunt competition, French cartoons shown on the IWB and an Italian taster session.


We also offer Year 8 pupils the opportunity to “show-off” their language skills by helping teach a class of Year 6 primary students at a local feeder school.  These sessions motivate and inspire both the primary students and our own pupils about the merits of learning a language.  The experience boosts their confidence in their own language skills and shows them how their skills can be used in a different situation.


Hub School

The languages department has been successful in obtaining ‘Hub School’ status as part of a new Modern Foreign Languages HUB scheme established by the Department for Education. As such the languages department is one of only forty five schools across the country who will be taking a lead on developing and improving languages teaching during this two year project. This is a very exciting opportunity for us to be a part of such an innovative project and to give our pupils access to the most recent pedagogy and teaching methods with regards to language learning.