The Coopers' Company and Coborn School


Modern Foreign Languages are core subjects at Coopers’ which means that every pupil studies a foreign language up to GCSE. French, German and Spanish are taught from Year 7 to Year 13, i.e. complete beginners to near enough fluency at Advanced level. Mandarin has been introduced in 2013. We have diversified our languages curriculum so that all languages are taught equally and no language is given greater weight than the others.

In Year 7 two forms study each language. In Year 8 all pupils start a second foreign language with which they continue to the end of Year 9 and we play through various permutations of first and second language combinations. Pupils may choose their first or second language for GCSE or may continue with both languages.

Modern Foreign Languages are mostly taught in our own block, the Prisca Coborn block, with 6 classrooms of which two are state-of-the art language laboratories with the most up-to-date software for classroom language teaching. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and a projector so ICT can be used whenever needed.