Mr P E Howard – Head of Department
Mr S G Fletcher
Mrs S A Dunning
Sr F J Rubia Castro
Miss A X Nielsen
Mr A Scott
Mr T Strack
Which modern languages are studied at MTBS?
We offer Spanish, French and German as curriculum subjects to be studied at GCSE and A Level. Boys study either French or Spanish throughout Year 7-9 and they can add German as a second foreign language in Year 9.
Is there a choice?
Boys in Year 7 are allocated a foreign language to study depending upon which form group they are in; this will be either Spanish or French. In Year 9 boys are able to opt to study a second foreign language should they so wish; this could be Spanish, French or German.
Does my son have to study a modern foreign language at GCSE?
At MTBS a modern foreign language is a compulsory and valued core subject at GCSE, even though this is no longer the case in many State schools. All boys therefore study at least one foreign language at GCSE although many choose to study two.
How big are the class sizes?
In Years 7-9 there are about 21 boys on average, and GCSE classes average around 17 pupils per group. AS Level classes are not generally more than 6-8 boys and at A2 boys are in groups of fewer than five.
Do you organise trips abroad?
There are several annual residential trips to Spain, France and Germany: we are a very busy Department!
Naturally, the History, Geography, Classics and Sports departments also run European trips and the annual ski trip to France is popular with staff and boys alike. We work in close partnership with these departments too.
What about extra-curricular activities?
We seize every opportunity to take learning out of the classroom and this includes visits to Spanish restaurants (very popular with hungry boys!), trips to the German market in Manchester at Christmas and hosting French theatre workshops (jointly with the Girls’ School).
There is also the opportunity for boys to taste a really ‘foreign’ language (Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Hindi!) as part of the school’s GTX provision.
Do you have setting or banding for languages?
No. Boys are taught in mixed ability form groups pre-GCSE and mixed ability option groups at GCSE.
What teaching methods do you employ?
As an independent school we are not restrained or constrained by the National Curriculum, as such we are able to offer an exciting package for our boys. The aim is to equip our boys with the life skill of being able to operate independently and spontaneously in a language other than English. We have developed our own unique Scheme of Work for Years 7, 8 and 9 and, as such, are not tied to any one method or textbook. Boys are rapidly accelerated to an advanced standard, so much so that by the end of Year 9 they are well prepared to commence their IGCSE journey.
The Key Stage 3 MFL curriculum is further enriched by employing a wide range of engaging materials such as music, film, poetry and interactive vocabulary acquisition software.
What are the demands of the GCSE course?
We work towards the AQA IGCSE which equally assesses the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Topic content is divided into four areas: Socialising; Travelling abroad; Being part of a community; Making choices.
The qualification is assessed terminally at the end of Year 11.
2014 Examination Results
2015 Examination Results