At Marlborough House School we believe that the learning of foreign languages is a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all our pupils. It provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
As a school we have chosen to study French, Spanish and Latin, with French as the core language throughout the school. At the beginning of Year 5 all pupils are introduced to Spanish and Latin, trying a term of each and by the Summer Term they have chosen their second language which they study in Year 6. In Year 7, pupils can opt for various combinations of any of the three languages.
We have many enrichment opportunities throughout the school with French Days, Spanish paella evenings, French plays, a residential trip to France for Year 7 and a biennual trip to Spain for Years 7 & 8. An important part of the Spanish trip itinerary is visiting a Primary School in Madrid so that our pupils can enjoy communicating with their Spanish peers.
Latin provides the basis for modern language studies, as the parent of the romance languages. Latin students have the opportunity to take part in a cross-curricular biennual trip to either the Campania region or Rome. Some Latin pupils sit their Level 1 GCSE in Latin at the end of Year 8 and have so far gained excellent results, regularly achieving a 100% pass rate.