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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

Head of Modern Languages Faculty is Mrs C. Dechirot.

Subjects within the modern languages faculty include:-

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Languages are a popular option at both GCSE and A level, and every year, significant numbers of students go on to university to study languages at degree level.

In Years 7 to 9, all students study French and German. In Year 10, Spanish is offered as an additional language, proceeding to GCSE in two years. It is possible to take three languages at GCSE from within our option choices, and it is common for students to take two.

In the Sixth Form, all three languages are offered at AS and A2 level.

In addition to the specialist teaching staff, Foreign Language Assistants are employed, withdrawing small groups for conversation and other intensive oral work, and seeing Sixth Form either individually or in small groups on a weekly basis. Their contribution to the department in terms of culture and living language is greatly appreciated by students and staff alike.

Trips, Exchanges and Extra-Curricular

The MFL Faculty is committed to an enrichment programme. Over the past few years we have run a variety of language clubs, including Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. There is also a Spanish club for KS3 students. The Foreign Language Leadership Programme is open to Year 10 students. All languages students are given the opportunity to subscribe to magazines in the foreign language at their level to develop their reading skills and the Faculty subscribes to websites such as Linguascope which students can access both in school and at home. The Faculty has built up a stock of films in French, German and Spanish which are available in the school library.

In Year 7, the Normandy Trip takes place towards the end of May each year. From Year 9 onwards, all students are offered the opportunity to participate in either the French Exchange or the German Exchange, both of which run every year. During the course of their time here, many students elect to do both, particularly where they are studying two or more languages at GCSE. A Spanish Trip to either Madrid or Barcelona is organised for GCSE and A level students, often in conjunction with another department.

Languages feature strongly in the Adult Education Programme at QEGS: Spanish, French, German and Italian classes have all been well-attended and positive feedback has been received.

Close links have been forged with several of our feeder primary schools. Since July 2007 we have run our  “Hungry Caterpillar Day”. Over two days, 130 Year 5 pupils from our feeder schools attend a day dedicated to the story of “The Hungry Caterpillar”, which uses vocabulary of food, numbers, days of the week and colours. The feedback from this event has been extremely positive and has meant we repeat the event every year.