The John Warner School

Modern Foreign Languages

Course Leader:Ms Helen Hill

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity.

At The John Warner School we teach French, German and Italian.


French is a highly valuable and exciting subject that provides not only a linguistic education but also a unique cultural experience. Through study of engaging topics related to France and French-speaking countries, students experience a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Students leave French with an ability to think critically, to infer meaning and nuance and with a strong understanding of the world around them. Moreover the wide-ranging opportunities to speak and write creatively in French instil learners with confidence and drive.


German is a hugely important language in the world in which we live. Many students will have the opportunity to study the language from Year 8 onwards. Students in German will develop strong linguistic skills and are typically resourceful and resilient learners. They learn to appreciate the fascinating German-speaking world and are able to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of contexts and topics.

There are a number of exciting German initiatives in the school. Some students study ICT in German, for which the department was awarded the European Language Label. Others enter film competitions or engage in robotics with our partner German schools in Mainz and Leipzig. All German-language students will have the opportunity to engage in cultural visits and trips over the course of their study.


Italian is a thriving and exciting subject for students to learn. Many students will get the opportunity to study Italian from Year 8 onwards. Italy is a fascinating country and students will learn to appreciate both cultural and linguistic elements in their lessons.

Italian students will get the opportunity to visit Italy over the course of their studies.

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Art, Design, Technology and Photography

English, Music and Drama


Lifelong Learning


Modern Foreign Languages

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