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We see proficiency in foreign languages as a crucial part of a child’s general education. The zeitgeist is one of multiculturalism, disappearing borders and merging nationalities, and we don’t want our children to carry on as if the world stops at Douvres.

All our children study either French or Spanish up to Common Entrance (French to Scholarship), and many take up the opportunity to study Italian, Russian and Mandarin in their own time with our visiting teachers. Even without the argument that foreign languages may one day be good for business, there are many reasons to celebrate our enthusiasm for languages.

The ability to speak a foreign language shows an ability to look beyond the physical and mental boundaries we are brought up with. At its best, it shows a desire to communicate with other people, to understand their history and to embrace their culture. The ability to speak to a foreign person – business partner or otherwise - in his own language, demonstrates a willingness to engage with him or her on a level far more profound than can be achieved with English alone. To paraphrase Nelson Mandela’s observation: if you speak to a foreigner in English, you speak to his head; if you speak to him in his own language, you speak to his heart.

We hope that our teaching here speaks to both the heads and the hearts of our pupils. It gives great satisfaction to see – in exams – that their heads have taken on board the expectations of their senior schools. It gives even greater to pleasure to see that many pupils have also taken a foreign language to their hearts, and that the possession of it will open as yet unseen doors in the future.

The Head of MFL is Mrs Jennie Hardy.


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