The modern languages department at Christ’s is vibrant and flourishing. We understand the importance of communication in an increasingly globalised world.

Our aims are:

  • To motivate and inspire students and kindle in them a love of language learning
  • To promote an awareness and acceptance of different culture
  • To provide pupils with the skills to communicate effectively in at least one foreign language
  • To broaden our students’ horizons through educational visits abroad, contact with foreign language speakers and extra-curricular activities

The languages department has four large classrooms and one smaller break out room. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive white board. There are six excellent teachers and two foreign language assistants in the department.

  • Mrs V McGrail - Head of Department and Teacher of French
  • Mrs J Campa  - Teacher of Spanish
  • Ms E Bradley -  Teacher of French and Spanish
  • Ms H Oddy  - Teacher of French and Spanish
  • Mr B Gooding - Teacher of French and Spanish

The department is well equipped with the latest text books (some of which are in digital format) and subscriptions to a number of online language sites. The department has access to the library and computer rooms whenever needed.


A Level - Key Stage 5

  • Module Transition
    Topics: Transition, what is important in life, ICT, fashion, sport, school, future, travel, holidays, environment.
  • Grammar: definite/indefinite article, present tense, putative article, present tense, perfect tense, plurals, possessive adjectives, immediate future, qui/que.
    Assessment: vocabulary, grammar, speaking, reading.
  • Module 1
    Topics: The future, relationships, peer pressure, families, marriage, drugs, reality TV, internet, music.
    Grammar: future tense, negatives, direct object pronouns, imperfect, emphatic pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, adverbs, demonstrative pronouns.
    Assessment: listening, speaking, writing, reading, past papers.
  • Module 2
    Topics: Sport, extreme sport, leisure activities, life styles, healthy eating, weight loss, smoking, health choices.
    Grammar: conditional mood, à/de plus infinitive, y/en, imperfect tense, si, present participle, imperative, passive.
    Assessment: Year 12 mock examination.
  • Module 3
    Topics: Education and the future, French education system, sixth formers’ concerns, daily life, history and future of education, higher education in France, career choices, ways of working, world of work.
    Grammar: present tense, subjunctive, verbs that take the subjunctive, si, time prepositions, pluperfect tense, past infinitive.
    Assessment: vocabulary, listening, speaking and reading, past papers.
  • Module 4
    Topics: Francophone world, holidays, journeys, transport, environmental issues, global warming, natural disasters, developing world, saving the planet.
    Grammar: reported speech, complex sentences, past historic, indefinite pronouns, verbs followed by à and de, future perfect, conditional perfect.


The department organises a number trips to France each year. 

For pupils studying French in the Sixth Form we are organising a work experience exchange with our link schools in Le Havre. The pupils will work as foreign language assistants for a week and stay with their exchange partners.

We also take pupils on trips in this country such as to the British Airways languages centre at Heathrow and to courses put on by universities and the French institute.

All the trips we organise are very popular with our pupils and have a very positive impact on their learning.


It’s possible to study modern languages either as a single honours degree or alongside another subject as a joint honours degree. Common joint honours choices often remain within the humanities, including subjects such as politics, history and literature, but modern languages can also be combined with subjects such as chemistry or mathematics, for those wishing to keep their options as broad as possible.

A language degree can qualify graduates to work in education, translation, interpretation, tourism, trade, PR, communications and management. Many government jobs require language skills, particularly in the sectors of immigration and diplomacy. All sorts of career destinations- doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas; businessmen, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market. Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about. Languages are an invaluable skill to have.

Studies show that having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and give you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company that does international business. Furthermore a language is also a prerequisite for lots of university courses.


The school subscribes to a number of websites that support our pupils’ learning:

There are also some free resources which you may find useful:

  • 08:25 PM - 13th December, 2018 What a moving Carol Service put together by Mr Wilson and our talented musicians and choirs. Thank you again to the wonderful Holy Trinity Church for hosting us. Read more
  • 12:59 PM - 6th December, 2018 Reverse Advent calendar challenge goes from strength to strength. Our students have been incredibly generous so far and the box in reception keeps growing! Richmond Foodbank will be receiving a Christmas donation. Read more
  • 12:25 PM - 4th December, 2018 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....celebrating the Christmas story. Read more
  • 05:18 PM - 26th November, 2018 Interesting turn of events for staff during fab led inset on differentiation today! Lots of ideas out into practice this afternoon. Read more