Since September 2003 the school has had specialist Language College status. We are very excited about this as it offers a range of opportunities for our students. The school receives approximately £120,000 extra money each year to promote languages within the school and the local community.
We have already benefited from the new status in many ways. Two new classrooms have been built in the Languages department and a multi-media suite has been installed with 32 individual computers. Students of all ages are able to use this suite and there are timetabled lessons for pupils in Key Stage 3. Each classroom in the Languages department has its own interactive whiteboard and data projector to enhance the learning of languages.
Sixth formers have the opportunity to study a range of languages, including Russian, Japanese and Spanish; Japanese is also being taught lower down the school as an extra language. There are a number of opportunities to visit foreign countries, including exchanges to Germany, Italy and France. We also have foreign language assistants from these three countries.
Within the local community we have forged strong links with our feeder primary schools. Teachers from NFGS are teaching groups of Year 5 & 6 pupils to promote the learning of languages at an early age. In addition, we offer courses and services to the community at large, including, naturally, our own parents/ guardians. We continue to deliver the National Curriculum and to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. Exam results in Languages have been of a very high standard recently, proving that each pupil is given every opportunity to realise their own potential.
Please click below to go to the Schools Language Resources Website to obtain GCSE Oral Topics etc..