Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at Biddenham

Modern Foreign Languages are well resourced and supported at Biddenham.
KS3 curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn German and French
KS4 and 5 students may learn German, French or Spanish.

Department Information

We have a highly qualified and trained team of teachers who are all either native speakers or have spent time living abroad. Our lessons are taught in designated Languages rooms and supported by online textbooks accessible on the school’s Chromebooks.

Year 7 students begin by learning German. This is usually a brand new language for them. In Year 8, students learn both German and French and by Year 9, have the option to start learning Spanish. All three languages are offered up to A Level. Most of our A Level students continue to study a language at university.

Curriculum support

The department runs a variety of learning experiences for students whether it be in lessons, online or overseas visits. We believe that it is vital for students to learn about both language and culture. We promote the understanding of everyday life in the target language countries and give opportunities to bring the subject to life through exchanges, residential trips and work experience for our Sixth Formers.

We have forged links with Bamberg, Bedford’s twin town and have run successful exchanges and work experience visits there over a number of years. We are taking a large number of KS3 students to Germany in the summer term which they are very excited about, as are we!

We run several after school opportunities for students to work with the department for exam practice.

Staffing

Ms Caroline Piotrowski –  Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Associate Assistant Headteacher
Ms Maria Tavera – Second in Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Mark Marlton – Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and Careers
Ms Estefania Calvete – Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages