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Plumstead Manor

Modern Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Department Profile

We believe that learning a foreign language is an important asset in a global world of international trade, travel and business and exposes learners in a positive way to cultures other than their own.

Jobs from receptionist to top level management need language skills and a recent survey by the National Centre for Languages says UK business rank language skills second only to IT skills when it comes to recruitment.

KS3 Curriculum

All pupils begin to study either French or Spanish in Year 7 and are taught this language until the end of Year 9.  They can then decide if they wish to continue studying this at GSCE along with French or Spanish. Pupils are encouraged to develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and are also introduced to French-speaking, and Spanish -speaking cultures.

Year 7 French, Year 8 French and Year 9 French curriculum content

Year 7 Spanish, Year 8 Spanish and Year 9 Spanish curriculum content

KS4 CurriculumLanguages

Students can choose from French and Spanish.  The course comprises 4 units which includes controlled assessment.

French curriculum content in Year 10 and Year 11

Spanish curriculum content in Year 10 and Year 11

Languages are part of the English Baccalaurate which comprises English, Maths, 2 Science GCSEs, a foreign language GCSE and either History or Geography.

MFL GCSE results are very high at Plumstead Manor reflecting the commitment and expertise of the teaching staff and the hard work and enthusiasm of our students.

KS5 CurriculumLanguages

The Sixth Form offers A levels in French and Spanish.  A levels in languages are a good choice if you want to go to university. It is a very desirable qualification in the eyes of the top universities and with employers. Many universities now offer courses in Law, Business, Marketing and Sciences with a language as part of the degree. Our sixth form students also get a chance to add to their UCAS form by working with younger students in the school.

Heritage Languages

Plumstead Manor provides opportunities for students to study and/or take an additional examination in a number of heritage languages.  In recent years, students have achieved examination success in: Arabic, Bengali, Nepali, Panjabi, Tamil, Polish and many more.