- Natascia Servini - Curriculum Leader
- Robina Begum - Head of EAL
- Carlos Munoz - Deputy Curriculum Leader
- Mounel Sadaoui - Postholder
- Itrat Badar - Urdu and EAL
- Soumya Abdi - Arabic
- Georgia Biltcliffe - French & Spanish
- Claire Rowlinson - French, Spanish & Mandarin
- Viginia Buonaugurio
- Marta Martin-Prieto
- Maria Foley
- Jill Ross
- Elise Mailly
- Diane Dezulier
With over fifty languages spoken at this school and set in the Olympic heartland, our World Languages Curriculum Area offers one of the most wide-ranging languages curricula nationally. Furthermore we offer all staff and students the chance to learn over 26 languages through the use of Rosetta Stone. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures, deepening pupils’ understanding of the world and preparing them for study and work in other countries. Our dedication to internationalism, determination to mould global citizens and our quest to build on the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of our students underpins our curriculum.
The World Languages department is very successful, with last year’s GCSE results showing an improvement in the number of A*-C grades to 100% and 57.14% A*-A.
Following from studying either French or Spanish in Year 7, students in Year 8 then have the option of picking a second ‘taster’ language from Italian, Urdu and Arabic. At the end of year 8, students choose which language they would like to continue to GCSE. Students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. They will be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information, develop and justify points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. Students will also develop translation skills with the aim of being able to translate short written texts accurately into the foreign language.
We offer a range of enrichments to enhance the curriculum including Mandarin Club and the Capital L Languages Challenge run by SOAS where students work in teams to complete a range of projects in a language of their choice.
Year 8 curriculum includes:
- Describing past and future holidays
- Making plans