Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Bienvenidos, bienvenue, benvenuti and Willkommen to the Modern Languages Curriculum Area at Tollbar.

Studying MFL Tollbar Academy helps our students to develop the cultural knowledge and linguistic competences necessary to compete in the international arena.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To enhance the students' experience of language learning through the effective delivery of the curriculum using outstanding resources.
  • To encourage independent language learning with an international focus.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of all subjects within the Curriculum Area.

Knowledge & Skills

Students develop their four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a variety of contexts to prepare them for language use in the global community. We cater for a range of different learning styles: visual, aural and kinaesthetic. There is scope for students' personal growth as learners, through active participation in class lessons and homework, which provides students with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, both orally and in writing, in a variety of styles and situations in the target language.

Students are encouraged to express personal opinions and communicate effectively in a range of "real life" situations, for example, doing business, ordering food in a restaurant, asking for information about a town, etc.

Resources & Facilities

There are currently nine language classrooms in the Curriculum Area, four of which are language laboratories, equipped with twenty eight computers and specialist language learning software (Sanako). This sort of technology enables the students to work on their speech and pronunciation as well as interacting on a one-on-one basis with the teacher and other students. Of the remaining five classrooms, two are equipped with Interactive White Boards. The whiteboards allow the teacher to produce highly motivating and interactive lessons which the pupils thoroughly enjoy. In addition to all this, we provide the students with the latest edition textbooks and exercise books.

In the Sixth Form, we have one teaching room and one language laboratory with language learning software.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3:

Students in year 7 and year 8 work on their language skills which provide them with a solid linguistic knowledge when working towards their GCSE in KS4.

Key Stage 4: Current year 11

GCSE in Spanish or French (AQA) - currently assessed using controlled assessment and traditional exams.

The assessment is weighted:

  • Written controlled assessment - 30%
  • Speaking controlled assessment - 30%
  • Reading exam - 20%
  • Listening exam - 20%

Summer 2018: Years 9 and 10

GCSE in Spanish or French (AQA) - will be assessed in all four skill areas using traditional exams at the end of the course.

The assessment will be weighted:

  • Writing exam - 25%
  • Speaking exam - 25%
  • Reading exam - 25%
  • Listening exam - 25%

Key Stage 5:

A Level French and Spanish (AQA)


  • Paper 1 - listening, reading and writing - 50%
  • Paper 2 - writing - 20%
  • Paper 3 - speaking - 30%

Learning Outside The Classroom


Tollbar Languages clubs were set up with the principal aim of offering more than just learning! It was decided that students enjoyed languages but sometimes didn't get the opportunity in class to develop their interests and that a club would allow them more independent learning time. The clubs are held once a week and are on offer for current students of Spanish and French in Years 7 and 8 - there are currently some regular members and others who come when they wish - this is absolutely fine! In these times the focus is very much on what interests the pupils so we welcome their input.

Activities that we have included are board games (both playing and creating), researching holidays to Spain, South America and France and creating Power Points about celebrities. However, without doubt, the pupils' main request is for games so we have a bank of websites for them to access and make excellent use of packages where both staff and students can create new activities. More than anything, the clubs are a good way to meet new people and learn languages whilst having fun!


Students are given the opportunity to watch a visiting theatre company perform in the language that they are learning at both KS3 and KS4. This is also an interactive experience, in which students are invited on to the stage to be a part of the performance and practise their language skills. This is always very positively received by the students, and is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop their linguistic abilities.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

  • Provides opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in the world of Business
  • Provides transferable skills, knowledge and understanding for the ever-changing world.
  • Motivates students via applied learning and continuous assessment
  • GCSE qualifications provide a springboard to further and higher programmes of study

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Stephen Moon

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson