Modern Languages at Queen Anne’s aims to build upon the great breadth of language learning experiences which girls bring with them, as well as to support all the girls in the exploration of new language opportunities. We want to stretch and challenge girls in the modern languages department through the learning of French, German, Mandarin and Spanish, which form the core of the languages on offer.
At GCSE, most girls are expected to take a modern language and we encourage them to take two languages where possible. Successful study of a modern language demonstrates a skill and knowledge base recognised as invaluable in the modern workplace. Combinations of French, German and Spanish can be studied but pupils are always welcome to discuss other possible language options.
Head of Modern Languages: Mrs Belinda Hough-Robbins
Head of Spanish: Mrs Annabel Booker
MFL: Mrs Kathy Baldwin (Maternity Cover)
MFL: Miss Angela Barber
MFL: Mrs Julia Bushby
MFL: Mrs Catherine Ennis
MFL: Mrs Karin Herbst
MFL: Mrs Andrea Lawrance
MFL: Mrs Sue Norman
MFL: Mr Antoine Rogeon
MFL: Mrs Margarida Shields
Based in the Challis building, the department boasts excellent facilities, a dedicated IT suite and staffing to meet the needs of all learners; individual requests for non-core languages are always acknowledged and girls are given the tools they need to progress successfully to examination level. We hope that by the end of U4 all girls will have had the opportunity to explore several languages and developed their skills set in order to work with confidence in the language or languages which they choose to pursue to GCSE or A Level.
Watch our MFL lessons
Watch Mrs Hough-Robbins explain Spanish prepositions here. Be warned she doesn’t always dress like this!
You might also wish to watch the L4 Spanish groups come together in this video with Mr Rogeon to showcase their harmonious Spanish talents with this Christmas Carol.
Extra Curricular Activities
Enrichment activities in modern languages inlcude an exchange programme to Toulouse for girls in the 4s and U4, an annual visit from a theatre company and a trip to the Christmas market in lille. ‘Dragons in Europe’ visit to give cultural and linguistic workshops to complement studies in Mandarin. To enhance the teaching of Spanish and German, the girls may take part in trips to Madrid, Toledo and Segovia. A trip to Berlin takes place during the GCSE years. Sixth Form French language work experience to Saint-Malo in conjunction with Oratory School