Spanish Exchange with Colegios el Valle 2019

Languages at Southborough

“We want our students, regardless of ability, to have the confidence to go out into the real world and have a go.”
At Southborough we place a big emphasis on the development of oral communication right from the beginning of Year 7. Students learn how to give their opinion and start a discussion with their partner within a few lessons. We try to develop the skills they will need for success at Key Stage 4 as early as possible in their learning.


Meet the team

Mr. Johnson – Head of Department

Mr. Johnson studied European Studies and Spanish at Durham University and spent over seven years living in Spain and Argentina before joining us at Southborough in 2010. A Spanish specialist, he also teaches French and Italian. In his free time he enjoys travelling, listening to music, scoring goals for his Sunday league football side and playing the guitar.

Why learn a language?

“Learning other languages made me become another person. I found out something entirely new about myself.”

Mrs. Coen – Teacher of French

Mrs. Coen studied French and German at university and also holds an MA in European Studies. In addition to living in France and Germany, she has an interest in travel and other languages, having studied Italian and Russian. Mrs. Coen brings a wealth of experience to the department having held the positions of Head of Humanities and School Careers Officer in previous schools. In her free time, Mrs Coen enjoys travel, contemporary novels and spending time with her family.

Why learn a language?

“Learning other languages has meant that I have been able to immerse myself in the culture of the diverse range of countries I have visited, and to make real friends around the world. It also provided fantastic opportunities to live and work abroad."


Miss. Banks – Teacher of French and Spanish

Miss Banks studied French and Spanish at the University of Leicester and took part in the Socrates Erasmus programme, spending a year in Granada before working at an English language school in Barcelona. She joined us at the start of the 2012/13 academic year. As well as teaching French and Spanish Miss Banks is part of the Year 8 pastoral team.

Why learn a language?

“Learning a language is a great way of making new friends and meeting people from other countries. Speaking their language allows you to see things from their perspective.”



Curriculum Overview

MFL GCSE Revision Leaflet 

School Calendar

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