The Modern Languages department at Smithills School is a vibrant, forward-thinking department that leads students in the study of French, Spanish & Urdu.


These languages are taught at Key Stage 3 and GCSE level, offering students the opportunity to build vital language skills that can enhance their readiness for working in today's globalised world.




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As a department, we are passionate about language learning. We incorporate a wide variety of engaging tasks and games, which not only build the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking but also allow students to quickly communicate in useful sentences and paragraphs.

The priority is to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate and make progress, whilst receiving the appropriate level of challenge or support.


We recognise the importance of building confidence, as well as offering a culturally-rich and stimulating curriculum. 

Students at Smithills School currently study French, Spanish or Urdu at Key Stage 3 and we then offer languages to GCSE level.


A GCSE in languages allows students to develop their communication skills as well as their grammatical understanding. In addition, they will learn more about the history and culture of the countries where the foreign language is spoken.


At Smithills School, our Modern Language teachers are committed to using a variety of activities to engage children in learning.  Typical activities during a language lesson range from whole class interactive vocabulary games to partner work.  Our resources are plentiful and we have the most up to date resources as produced by the exam boards.

Links with Europe Abroad:

The Department has taken the lead on several trips in recent years from Paris and Barcelona to Morroco!  We are also working hard to forge links with schools abroad in order to allow pupils to communicate with peers around the world!

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