Modern Foreign Languages

lford County High School has a special commitment to fostering a strong international ethos and teaching a wide range of languages. All students have experience of more than one language and many choose to study more than one language to GCSE/ AS/A2 levels.

Ofsted report


Provision for French, German and Spanish is very good.

Today's increasingly global economy requires a workforce which can easily communicate in one or more foreign languages and readily respond to another nation's literature and culture.

'All students make very good progress because of the very high expectations of their teachers who challenge them to produce their best. The lessons are conducted mainly at Key Stage 3 and 4 and totally at Key Stage 5 in the foreign language; the subject matter is relevant and the quality and quantity of the work done at home extends and reinforces work done in class.

''Students make good progress throughout the French, German and Spanish courses because of the effective teaching: teachers' mastery of the subject, high expectations which challenge the students, attention to accuracy, use of French, German and Spanish as the normal means of communication in class and the effective and helpful marking of students' work.'

Department description


French is offered as a first language to all Year 7 pupils who choose German or Spanish as a second language from Year 8. Although modern languages have now become optional nationally at Key Stage 4, they remain compulsory at Ilford County High. At the end of Year 9, the students may select one or both of their two languages for GCSE. The take up of two languages at GCSE level is greatly encouraged and many candidates gain top GCSEs in two languages each year. The modern language courses we offer are designed to develop students' ability to communicate orally and through written work in their chosen language or languages.

A number of trips to France, Germany and Spain are organised to further our students' interest in the language and culture of the countries in which the three languages are spoken.

In the Sixth Form, languages are offered to AS and A2 Level. The syllabus at this level gives a valuable basis for language use in current affairs and the world of work. There is a well-established work experience trip to France in Year 12. The Spanish Department offers work experience at the Spanish Embassy in London and placements in Spain and a Spanish Conference is held every year.