We believe that learning a foreign language is an important asset in a shrinking world of international trade and travel, and exposes learners in a positive way to cultures other than their own.
Which languages are studied at Dorothy Stringer?
Pupils study French in Year 7. In years 8 and 9, those pupils who we feel are capable of studying more than one language (about 80% of pupils) study French and Spanish. Those pupils for whom we feel that one foreign language is enough continue their study of French.
What is different about languages provision at Dorothy Stringer?
In a highly successful initiative, the most able 30% of pupils in years 8 and 9 are "fast-tracked" so that they take their French GCSE two years early (at the end of year 9).
If a child is bilingual and if they wish to have a qualification in a particular language, we will organise for them to do a GCSE. So far, we have had GCSEs in the following languages:
Special Educational Needs
The MFL department values the school's dedication to providing for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). It fully supports the policies and work of the school’s Learning Support Department.
We recognise that every teacher is a teacher of children with special needs and we make every effort to provide a curriculum in which every pupil can achieve to the best of his/her ability.
The department has always been represented by a link teacher on the school's SEN Committee and a link teacher for Gifted and Talented.
Professional development in the teaching of children with specific learning and behavioural difficulties occurs through:
School based INSET
Liaison with the Learning Support Department