Head of Languages and Team Leader French:
Mrs Kate Christie
Teacher of Spanish / Deputy Head of Sixth Form:
Mrs Stella Richi-Basurto
Faculty Coach:
Miss Elizabeth Lopez Gamero
Teacher of Spanish / Faculty Coach for Support:
Mrs Olivia Basurto
Teacher of French:
Mrs Helen Massey
Teacher of MFL (French/Spanish):
Mr Alejandro Bravo Esquivel
Teacher in charge of German:
Mrs Denise Williams
Teacher in charge of Latin:
Ms Chloe Barnett
Teacher of Latin:
Mrs Andie Allman

Key Stage 3

Languages picture 300x290In Year 7, all pupils have the opportunity to experience each of the four languages on offer at Bishop Luffa (French, German, Spanish and Latin) within a carousel over three terms. During these sessions, transferable learning skills for languages are taught, as well as giving the pupils a chance to learn vocabulary from key topic areas. All classes are mixed ability as pupils are taught in their Houses. Before the end of Year 7, pupils will be asked (in consultation with parents/guardians) to decide on one language to study for Year 8 and 9. From Year 8, where possible, classes are grouped in order to support pupil ability.

In Years 8 and 9, pupils study their chosen language for 5 lessons per fortnight. In Year 8, Schemes of work are based on the textbooks Studio (French), Mira Express (Spanish) and Stimmt (German). In year 9, pupils start the GCSE course, facilitated through the use of support from textbooks and Kerboodle online resources. Latin follows the Cambridge Latin course throughout KS3.

There is an expectation that pupils continue their chosen language through to GCSE in Year 11.


We carry out formal assessments every half term, which coincide with the topic areas. Assessments have been created by teachers at Bishop Luffa to scaffold the skills required for the GCSEs. Pupils are given percentage marks, as well as being graded according to ‘Bishop Luffa Steps’ (1-5).

KS3 Languages Steps

KS3 Latin Steps

Key Stage 4

Pupils have the opportunity to continue to study the language they have started in Key Stage 3. The majority of pupils will be expected to take a language GCSE. Currently, approximately 60% of the cohort continue their studies at KS4.

German, French and Spanish

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The GCSE course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Key Stage 3. In Year 10 and 11 pupils continue to speak, listen to, read and write French, German or Spanish dealing with topics of everyday relevance. The language content in Years 10 and 11 follows the AQA GCSE specification. Teaching is conducted as much as possible in the Target Language and pupils are encouraged to communicate with each other and with their teacher in the foreign language during everyday classroom situations. A course book is used at both Key Stages but is also supplemented by the IWB, worksheets, film, songs and language games.

For further details follow these links:

GCSE French exam specification

GCSE German exam specification

GCSE Spanish exam specification


Those who have studied Latin in Years 8 and 9 have the opportunity of continuing with Latin to GCSE.

The course follows on from the work done in Years 8 and 9 and therefore pupils who have enjoyed the subject and felt successful so far may continue to do so.

The final examination consists of four short papers, containing translation and comprehension of Latin, and questions on the poetry and prose set books.

For further details follow this link - GCSE Latin exam specification