Modern Languages

Head of Department: Mr D Radnidge

Teaching Staff:
Miss J Cahill
Mrs D Dunn
Mrs L Coghill

At The King Alfred School Academy, students study French in Years 7 and 8. Students will study some of the basics of the language, as well as study some essential cultural differences that exist between our countries. In Year 9, students are able to opt to continue with French or begin a new language, German.

Why learn a language?
"I speak English, so I don't have to learn a foreign language....”  How many of us think or have heard people say this?

Everyone speaks English, right? Well, certainly not everyone speaks English. According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 % of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language. That number doubles when people who speak English as a second or third language are counted. By conservative estimates, that means that well over four-fifths of the world's population does not speak English.

It's true that English has become a global lingua franca over the past several decades; this fact, however, really should have little effect on the decision to learn a foreign language. The attitude that English alone is enough, in fact, creates self-imposed limitations. To remain monolingual is to stunt educational development, to restrict communication and thinking abilities, and to deny the ability to fully appreciate and understand the world in which we live. Learning another language opens up new opportunities and gives perspectives that might never have been encountered otherwise. Personal, professional, social, and economic considerations all point to the advantages of learning foreign languages. Still not convinced?  Well, feel free to discuss the situation further with a member of the ‘Languages Team’


To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here-

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • And plenty more!

The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email

To see the Year 7 Learning Cycle 1 Homework booklet please click here.

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