Modern Foreign Languages

Language skills are vital for our exports, education, public services and diplomacy.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages

College believes passionately that there are many irrefutable reasons why everyone should be able to speak at least one foreign language. There is a huge demand for linguists in every sector and many students go on to use language skills in business, security, diplomacy, travel, media and culture. Less tangible, though scientifically proven, are the benefits that language learning has on the brain and the development of our mother tongue. Furthermore, learning a foreign language enhances communication, a skill much prized in a wide range of careers.

The Modern Languages Department at College is one of the largest of any school in the UK. The five core languages we teach are: Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, German and Spanish. In addition, wherever we can, we support pupils' individual needs and home languages. Currently we have students studying Arabic, Modern Greek, Russian and Japanese alongside the main curriculum. We have three language laboratories, which we use for class teaching and which are available for individual study and support sessions. Language learning has been revolutionised by developments in technology, and we combine new resources along with the knowledge and experience of our team of highly proficient teachers.

We also work closely with students to enable them to become independent language learners who are curious about the world around them. The Modern Languages Department offers a wide range of activities ranging from debating clubs to film nights. We encourage pupils to take part in competitions such as the UK Linguistics Olympiad, the Oxford University film and fiction competitions, Stephen Spender poetry translation competition and Juvenes Translatores.


Pupils choose two languages from a combination of: Chinese, French, German and Spanish. In LC3 (Year 9) they may pick up an additional language ab initio choosing from French, Italian and Spanish.


All students prepare for CIE IGCSE as the formal qualification and we link study wherever possible to culture and current events. All pupils take one MFL IGCSE and many take several languages.


If following the IB pathway, students can study Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish at Standard or Higher Level. They can also choose from Chinese and Italian ab initio, and beginning 2020: Arabic, Japanese and Russian ab initio. Classes run subject to sufficient numbers.

If following the A Level pathway, pupils can prepare the Cambridge Pre-U qualification in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Head of Modern Languages: Ms Josephine Berganza L ès L

Miss Sue Bemrose BA (Spanish)
Mrs Yan Burch BA (Mandarin, Head of Oriental languages)
Mr John Campbell BA MA (German, French)
Ms June Clements BA (Italian)
Mrs Claire Dalet-Puzzanghera L ès L (Second in Department; i/c French)
Mrs Anne Ferré-Dyèvre L ès L (French)
Mrs Fei Gao BA MA (Mandarin)
Ms Maria Koschalka (Russian)
Ms Ghizlane Lafdi (Arabic)
Mrs Catherine Lygoe MA MPhil (French, German)
Ms Yolanda Martínez LP (Spanish)
Mrs Isabelle McDonald M ès L (French)
Mrs Marieli Mooney BA MA (Spanish)
Dr Carla Quirighetti BA (French)
Mrs Lola Roca-Aguilera LLB MA (Spanish)
Ms Rocio Romero Palomino BA (Head of Spanish)
Mrs Ann-Kathrin Salge-Dexter (i/c German, French)
Mrs Fuji Sonnenschein (Mandarin)
Dr Elisabetta Tondello BA MA (i/c Italian, Spanish)
Mrs Yayoi Takahashi (Japanese)


Ms Pauline Bachofner (French)
Mrs Pina Clarke (Italian)
Ms Mei Cai (Chinese)
Miss Nathalie Descamps (French)
Mrs Belén Dynes (Spanish)
Mr Guo Ping Huang (Chinese)
Ms Maria Koschalka (Russian)
Ms Ghizlane Lafdi (Arabic)
Ms Ana Luis (Spanish)
Ms Yolanda Martínez LP (Spanish)
Mrs Xiao Ling Nottle BA (Chinese)
Mrs Dagi Reynolds-Beasley (German)
Mrs Maria Sotiriu-Uttley (Greek)
Mrs Yayoi Takahashi (Japanese)


Ms Lauren Rodriguez