A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We aim that our delivery should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

We aim to develop:

  • An interest in the subject
  • An awareness of cultural and historical context
  • Creativity and excellence
  • A safe platform for all students to explore and develop their skills
  • Understanding and responding to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Confidence in speaking with fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Writing at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discovering and developing an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


Modern foreign languages will build on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2, whether pupils continue with the same language or take up a new one. Teaching will focus on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. It will provide suitable preparation for further study.


At KS4 Students will study the AQA GCSE Spanish specification as outlined below

Paper 1: Listening - Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language


  • Written exam – 35 minutes – Foundation tier

                                    45 minutes – Higher tier

                              25% of GCSE

  • Section A- Questions in English to be answered in English or non verbally

  • Section B – Questions in Spanish to be answered in Spanish or non verbally


Paper 2 – Speaking – Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • Non-exam assessment – 7-9 minutes plus preparation – Foundation tier

                                                                 10-12 minutes plus preparation – Higher tier

                                                    25% of GCSE

Role play

  • Picture card
    General conversation


Paper 3 – Reading – Understanding and responding to different types of written language 

  • Written exam – 45 minutes -  Foundation tier
                                   1 hour – Higher tier
  • 25% of GCSE 
  • Section A- Questions in English to be answered in English or non verbally
  • Section B – Questions in Spanish to be answered in Spanish or non verbally
  • Section C – Translation from Spanish into English

Paper 4 – Writing – Communicating in writing for a variety of purposes

  •  Written exam – 1 hour    - Foundation Tier
                                   1 hour 15 – Higher Tier
  •   25% of GCSE


Foundation Tier

  • Message
  • Short passage
  • Translation from English into Spanish Structured writing task
  • Higher tier
  • Structured writing task
  • Open ended writing taskTranslation from English to Spanish