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The Vision:

We in the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty believe in the value of respecting and celebrating diverse cultures while endeavouring to make language learning an enjoyable and creative experience. We are proud to deliver opportunities to appreciate this cultural diversity and believe that this should play an integral part in a young learner's academic and social development. French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are taught throughout the school and most students have the opportunity to study 2 languages at KS3 and at least 1 to GCSE level.

The Faculty:

Mrs A Hurley – Head of Faculty.  I have worked in the MFL faculty since 2004 when I started as a deputy head of year. I was then Lead teacher for Languages and have now been Head of Faculty for 9 years, leading a great team of teachers. It’s great to see students doing so well in languages and that so many leave with a languages qualification. We now also have French, German and Spanish A level classes which show the continued impact languages have on our students. The range of languages we offer could rival many grammar and private schools and Learning and Teaching within the Faculty is of a very high standard.

Freddie Scott - 2nd in Faculty; Teacher of French, Spanish and Latin. I came to Grey Court directly after my teacher training in 2008 and thoroughly enjoy the dynamism in the faculty and the enthusiasm for languages that our students bring to lessons.

Ms A López – Head of Spanish. I am a native speaker of Spanish and I teach Spanish across KS3, KS4 and KS5. I have also had extensive experience teaching EFL and ESOL in Argentina and England. I have been working at Grey Court since September 2010 and greatly enjoy being a part of this school.

Ms M González Munoz – Teacher of Spanish and French. "I am a native speaker of Spanish & also teach French. I have been teaching for almost 30 years gaining a broad experience teaching languages in Primary, Secondary and Adult Education around London schools and suburbs outside the city. Teaching languages is my passion. I have been working at Grey Court since September 2009 and I enjoy working within this friendly school community. Spanish is now a very popular GCSE and A level option with excellent results. I am also very proud to have introduced the Spanish exchange trips to Barcelona and Madrid which have been very successful since 2010. The students have been very enthusiastic and benefit greatly from the immersion in Spanish life."

Ms C Méri –Teacher of French and Spanish, native French speaker from Guadeloupe (French West Indies) and Paris (France). I have been teaching languages since 1993, and at Grey Court since 2014. I have taught all ages from primary school children to Year 13 students. I really love teaching languages to youngsters and seeing them growing into open-minded global citizens.

Ms J Mercx - Teacher of French & Spanish.  I joined Grey Court School in 2016 and teach French and Spanish. I started here as a PGCE student in 2015 and I very much enjoy being in a school where languages are valued and chosen by the vast majority of students at GCSE-level.

Mr. C Rhodes - Deputy Head.  I have been working at Grey Court since 2006.  I teach both French and Spanish.  I am very proud of the way that so many students here have a positive experience of language learning and that our GCSE and A level results in MFL continue to be among the best for state schools nationally.

Mr C Rodríguez Murray – Teacher of Spanish and French. I am a native speaker of Spanish, which I teach across all Key Stages. I have worked at Grey Court since 2012 when I started as a GTP trainee for languages and I have also been Acting Head of Community Languages and Mandarin in the past. I am currently a Teaching Champion, helping develop the Teaching & Learning strategies at the school. It is great to work in a school where languages are so important and chosen by the majority of students at GCSE and taking upon the many exchange trip opportunities with Madrid and Salamanca at KS4 and KS5.

Ms O Song -  Teacher of Mandarin Chinese. I am a native Mandarin Chinese teacher and have been with Grey Court School since completing my teaching qualification at UCL Institute of Education in 2016. My background is in media and documentary production and I like to bring all my past experiences to my teaching. I enjoy watching students begin to understand a culture and language of which they may have little previous knowledge.

Ms J Smerald - I teach German to KS5, French to KS4 and Spanish to KS3.  I'm a keen linguist and I believe in the power of languages to make our students tolerant and worldly-wise young people.  My other passion is travel and I have lived in France and Germany and travelled through much of South America and I hope I can pass on this wanderlust to my students!

The Curriculum

  • KS3 Year 7 French and Mandarin and Year 8 Spanish and German topics:  Greetings, in the classroom, family and friends, at home, places in town, at the café, school day, free time activities, sports and music.
  • Year 8 French topics:  Jobs, weather, activities in the past, watching TV, going out, fashion, shopping, food and drink, going on holiday, pocket money, technology, contrasting tenses
  • Year 9 French topics:  Getting to know France, talking about where you live, family, home and relationships, staying with a family, using future and past tenses, health and fitness, clothing and fashion, news and media.
  • Year 9 Spanish  and German topics:  Describing people, daily routine, places in town and going out, holidays, food, drink and eating out, clothing and fashion, visiting a city, health and fitness, future plans.
  • KS4  French, Spanish, Mandarin or German.  (NB German GCSE from September 2018) Students cover 5 themes: Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension. 
  • KS5 – A level students study Social issues and trends; Political and artistic culture; Grammar; Literary texts/film.

Enrichment

Year 9 French trip to Lille Christmas Market, Year 10 French Exchange with the Lycée Beaupré near Lille, Year 10 Spanish Exchange with ‘El Porvenir’ School in Madrid, KS3 cross-curricular days, Chinese Club, Year 10 Options Activity Day (Salsa dancing and tapas restaurant).

Opportunities

The development of language skills and understanding of the structure of language lay the foundations for future study of other languages.  Foreign language skills are increasingly valued in the world of work and are highly regarded by higher education institutions.  In fact, many universities now expect a modern language GCSE from their applicants. GCSEs in MFL are usually followed by AS and A2 courses which can be followed in Grey Court’s 6th form.  A Modern Foreign Language is considered to be a ‘facilitating subject’ which also opens up the possibility of many joint honours degree combinations such as International Law with French, History with Spanish or Linguistics with German.