Learning a Modern Foreign Language is an asset for life. If you speak one or more languages, research shows that your brain is already more flexible and efficient at many important tasks than that of someone who only speaks their mother tongue.
In the current international economic climate, people with languages are increasingly in demand; in fact there are limitless opportunities open to you if you have language skills and the study of a Modern Foreign Language will give you an edge in virtually any career, regardless of whether you consider yourself a language specialist or not. Three Modern Foreign Languages are offered as part of the core curriculum from Year 7: French, German and Spanish, and there are also opportunities to study Mandarin and Italian. We offer a number of trips abroad: a French exchange to Fontainebleau, a study visit to Granada, a cultural tour of the Rhineland, cultural visits to Berlin and Paris and a study tour to Salamanca or Santiago de Compostela, which takes place on alternate years. Many cultural opportunities are offered outside the classroom, with visits to see foreign films or art exhibitions, and talks and events at each of the languages’ respective cultural institutes in London. The whole school community celebrates all languages over the course of a number of days in our annual "European Week of Languages" event every September.