Modern Foreign Languages
“Ashby School promotes a learning culture which is international, technological, enterprising and vocational, and which values language learning as a key skill for citizens of the 21st century”.
In Years 10 and 11, 85-90 per cent of students are doing at least one language to GCSE compared to an average of 45 per cent in most schools.
At post-16, more than 50 per cent of linguists achieve top grades A*, A and B. On average, more than a third of A level language students went on to study a language at university over the years 2017-19.
The MFL staff at Ashby School understand the cultural and linguistic importance of trips and visits; and will run at least two of these per year. These are open to all MFL students in all four years.
The school employs a foreign language assistant to support the teaching of French and will work with small groups of Sixth Formers and with Year 11 GCSE classes in preparation for their speaking exams.
Ashby School liaises closely with its feeder high schools. This helps to smooth students' transition from their high school to Ashby School, as well as giving them a valuable head start in language learning.
Students can study French and German GCSE, AS and A2 in taught courses and for those who can speak another language they should see Mr N. Fitzpatrick (Head of Faculty) who will investigate the possibility of them taking this language at one or all of the above levels.
Extra-curricular languages such as Italian and Spanish are available each year on an alternate basis. Mr Fitzpatrick and other MFL staff can advise on these.
Updated Autumn 2019