The Department which comprises five dedicated rooms is situated on the top of a three storey block. The priority is to maintain a well ordered and stimulating environment with changing displays of student work from all Key Stages. The Department is stocked with a wide range of materials, equipment and resources to which all pupils at all stages have full access, under supervision. One room has 20 computers available for students to use.
In year 7 pupils in C,M,N and S study French and pupils in B,G,H and J study German. They continue to study that language for the next 4 years up to GCSE level as a study of a modern foreign language is compulsory at Blue Coat. Should they wish to study 2 languages they can choose a second language in the options at the end of year 8. In year 8 they will be introduced to the second language for one hour a fortnight. We then offer French and German at A level.
It is the aim of this department to allow and encourage all pupils to learn a foreign language both in KS3 and KS4. Not only do we see the learning of the language itself as important both for communicating with others and for offering a deeper understanding of English but also to gain insight into other cultures and ways of life. We aim to equip them with skills which will further enable them to go on and learn other languages on their own.
After School Activites
We offer a Spanish club for beginners to all ages. At key times of the year we also offer help to students approaching exams and to students who want support with homework.