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Modern Languages at
Mark Rutherford

We offer three languages, French, Spanish and Italian. When students join us in year 7 they are given the opportunity to try all three languages on a carousel, studying one language per term. Towards the end of year 7 they then choose which language they would like to study more closely throughout year 8 and 9. By focusing on the one language, they will be more equipped for the challenges of the new GCSE.

Students may choose to study a language in Year 10, up to GCSE. Some choose to study two languages. At present, at GCSE level, we have 3 classes of French, 2 of Spanish and 1 Italian. We also offer all three languages at A level in Years 12 and 13.

We follow AQA at GCSE, which is now 100% exam based, covering listening, reading, speaking and writing. We use the online resource "Kerboodle" with our GCSE classes and we are currently using ActiveLearn resources to run alongside the Viva and Studio courses at key stage 3. We are increasingly using Quizlet to provide online homework which helps students to revise key vocabulary throughout the course. At A level we also follow AQA for French and Spanish and Edexcel for Italian at Sixth Form level. Italian uses multimedia resource Progetto Italiano, along with authentic current affairs articles from Euronews. French is using Tout Terrain as a teaching base but also authentic documents and a variety of websites. In Spanish our Sixth Form linguists run a paired reading programme in order to support some of our year 11 students, and we often have sixth formers helping in class across the languages.

Languages are taught in dedicated rooms. We have laptops for all staff and projectors for use with them. We also have interactive white boards in 3 classrooms.

We are starting to re-introduce educational visits and led a successful sixth form trip to Madrid last year and we have plans to run a French trip in the coming academic year. Other extra-curricular activities include a French and Spanish film club and an Italian club. We also offer additional intervention sessions at KS4 for students who may need extra support to achieve their target grades. In order to reward students' hard work we have a "Linguist of the Month" each month for each year group, with each teacher nominating students from the classes that they teach.

There is a full-time head of department, who specialises in Spanish and teaches French and Italian at Key Stage 3, and there are 4 other teachers who teach French, Spanish and Italian. All members of the MFL department have a passion for the languages they teach and have spent time in the relevant foreign country. We are a helpful and close-knit department, working to ensure students are fully supported and encourage all round.

Mrs L Champion
Head of Department

Miss A Romano
2nd in Department and Key Stage 3


Pupils hard at work in the
Modern Languages department

Languages are taught in dedicated rooms
in a new language block, and staff remain
in a teaching room


Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: