Modern Languages

Staff

Mr A J MacCallum – Head of Department – Spanish/German/French
Ms C A Ball – French/Business
Mrs H Botterill – German/French
Miss P Dawson – French
Mrs C Etherington – French/Spanish
Mrs S Everson – German/French
Mrs C Jackson – German/French
Mr M Keating – Spanish/French
Mrs J Mortimer – French
Mrs A Murray – French
Ms E M Phillpotts – Spanish/French
Mr D Weare – Head of French

Overview

The Modern Languages Department is a vibrant and exciting place to be where children can learn French, Spanish and German, and where community languages such as Mandarin, Polish, Hindi and Arabic are also celebrated.

An incredible range of visits abroad are offered every year with pupils sampling the language and culture of France in Villard de Lans, of Germany in Cologne and of Spain in Salamanca. Conversation classes with native speakers, (French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese), enhance learners’ confidence as do in-class activities and the many visitors and events within the department.
St. Aidan’s is by far the largest school based languages centre in North Yorkshire with up to 100 students following courses at AS level – a true reflection of our success both in academic terms and in encouraging children to learn and enjoy languages.

Each teacher in the department is a language specialist with knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject. Pupils make rapid progress in all 3 languages and achieve highly at GCSE, a qualification that is very well respected by universities and employers. Our large numbers of A level learners go on to follow many different types of language courses at university, often in combination with another subject.