Staff Faculty of MFL


Miss S Cheung

Mr Chambers

Miss X Gao

Ms Aoife O'Connor

Ms A Castellino 

- Head of Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages

- Teacher of French & Spanish

- Teacher of Chinese

- Teacher of French & Spanish

- Teacher of Italian






Learning foreign languages is increasingly important in a global economy and also has great value in terms of cultural and linguistic richness in our society, personal fulfilment and global citizenship and understanding. Through the study of a foreign language pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, peoples and communities - and as they do, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the World as well as citizens of the United Kingdom.


The department aims to provide engaging and challenging experiences with high expectations of achievement that will:

  • foster an enjoyment of language learning
  • develop the ability to understand and use the foreign language effectively in study, work and leisure
  • promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures and lifestyles in other countries
  • encourage pride in linguistic achievement


KS4 Curriculum 2018-2019

Years 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 pupils opt to take a modern foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, Italian or Chinese. Pupils are also encouraged to sit examinations in their first language whenever possible. Over the last few years examination results have also been achieved at the highest levels in Urdu, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, Farsi and Polish.


Pupils follow the GCSE AQA Course (8633).


The main content areas studied are:

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of
relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into three themes, each
broken down into topics and sub-topics.

The three themes are:

  • Identity and Culture
  • The UK and the World – areas of interest
  • Current and Future Studies and Employment



The GCSE (9-1) in Chinese consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will complete their speaking assessment in May and all other assessments in May/June at the end of Year 11. GCSE Chinese has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. 



Percentage of total GCSE

Assessment Type

Foundation Tier

Higher Tier

Paper 1:

Listening and understanding


Written exam

35 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

45 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

Paper 2:



Internally conducted and externally assessed

7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

Paper 3:

Reading and understanding


Written exam

45 minutes

1 hour

Paper 4:



Written exam

1 hour

1 hour 15 minutes


 GCSE Chinese Further Details