Students will study two languages to the end of Year 9. Many students recognise the value of a language qualification and will take at least one language at GCSE level.
On entry in Year 7 students will be placed in half year populations which determine the combination of languages studied. In exceptional circumstances, if parents have an educational reason for requesting either combination, they may do so. Parents should be aware that requests are treated individually, acceptance is not automatic and might jeopardise the friendship groups in which the students have been placed.
Some students, for whom it is deemed appropriate to study a more applied curriculum in Key Stage 4, may take a foundation qualification in a language, the FCSE, in Year 9.
On entry to Year 9, more able linguists have the opportunity to study Latin as an extracurricular subject. Students may then continue to study Latin in Key Stage 4 and some will have the opportunity to achieve a GCSE in Latin.