Through our MFL curriculum at Sidmouth College we ensure that students develop and practise their knowledge of French or German.
We follow an engaging and culturally enriching curriculum incorporating the different skills required for learning a language.
We foster pupils who are independent and curious and who have the skills and confidence to learn any language needed in their career.
Our intent is to instil confidence and enrich vocabulary thus developing oracy and widening horizons for all.
Regardless of ability or background all students have an entitlement to experience the enjoyment of learning a language.
Our vision is that all pupils in Yr 9 are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for at least a grade 4 at GCSE
At Key Stage 4 we build on the strong foundation and enter the vast majority of pupils at Higher Level.
The percentages below show the sustained improvement over the last four years.
They represent the percentage of pupils achieving each band of grades. For example, 2019 saw 20% of students entered for French achieving a grade 7,8 or 9.
Grade 4 is considered a pass and Grade 5 a strong pass.
Grades 7-9 are the strongest grades.
bio to come soon
I have always had a love of learning both French and German and have taught both now for 21 years. My interest started when I was fortunate enough to go on a number of school exchanges to Montargis and Niort in France and to Koblenz in Germany. Through these exchanges I have made friendships which endure to today. I read French, German and Linguistics at the University of York, spending a year abroad studying at university in Tübingen and Lille. My hobbies include music, reading, cycling, riding my Vespa and travelling.
Make life an adventure! I loved French at school and when I was 18, I decided to go and work as an ‘au pair’ (like a nanny) in France with a French family for one year. I lived in Lyon which is a beautiful city in SE France. I then went on to study Business and French at Nottingham Trent University and spent another year living in France, this time in Toulouse, in SW France. Once I had finished my degree, I worked in a language school in London for a couple of years before moving back to Nottingham to teach French in a school there. I hadn’t been there long before my husband’s job took us to Thailand. I taught English and French at international schools in Bangkok and in Pattaya. I could see the sea from my classroom window and the playground was the beach! After 5 years, we returned to France and lived in the very chic town of Saint Germain en-Laye, just west of Paris. A couple of years later and we were off again – back to Asia, this time to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. This time we stayed for 10 years and had the chance to visit many countries in that part of the world. It is purely down to languages that I have had the opportunity to live and work abroad. So, learn a language and see where it takes you! Let the adventure begin!