The Modern Languages department aims to develop a love of language learning. It guides its students to be able to communicate effectively in the target language through speaking, writing, and understanding. As well as focusing on grammar and its practical application, the Modern Languages team endeavours to develop cultural knowledge and understanding of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

St Augustine’s Priory is very proud to be a French ‘Bilingual Hub’, officially endorsed by the Institut Français du Royaume –Uni. The prestigious invitation-only bilingualism course that we offer is aimed at bilingual or very able students. The course, which is taught exclusively in French, delves into various aspects of French-speaking culture ultimately working towards obtaining French Ministry of Education DELF diplomas which are also worth UCAS points.

Mandarin is taught in Prep I, II and III (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). Our girls have an introduction to pronunciation, reading and writing, and also experience and celebrate different aspects of Chinese culture.

Mandarin continues in the form of a Junior Club, offering both continuity to those who enjoyed learning the language when in the Preps, as well something fresh and exciting to those new to St Augustine’s Priory.

French learning commences in Lower I (Year 3) and continues throughout the Junior school. Once in Upper II (Year 6), our girls are able to put their learning into practice during a three-day residential trip to Côte d’Opale in France.

Spanish is introduced in Lower II (Year 5) and our girls find that they are able to progress quickly due to the skills and knowledge they have built through learning French.

Having both French and Spanish on the curriculum in the Junior school is a wonderful advantage of studying at St Augustine’s Priory. Additionally, lessons are taught by language specialists who also teach in the Senior school. This ensures that your daughter is challenged academically and it guarantees a smooth transition between Key Stages 2 and 3.

Seniors: Key Stage 3
Modern language classes at Key Stage 3 are taught in sets so that those who learnt French and Spanish in the Junior school can continue to be stretched and challenged whilst newcomers to languages can feel comfortable as they embark on their learning.

Russian is introduced in Form III (Year 7) as an alternative option to Spanish.
There is a Senior Mandarin Club for those with an interest in learning the language and about Chinese culture.

Seniors: GCSE
Whilst it is not compulsory to take a language for GCSE, almost all girls at St Augustine’s Priory choose a language as one of their options, with some even opting for two.

French: IGCSE Edexcel
Russian: Edexcel
Spanish: IGCSE Edexcel

Seniors: A Level
The A Level course offers an opportunity to study a language in depth, tackling a variety of academic topics and global issues in the target language. We often have girls who go on to read languages at university.

Some of our sixth formers took the time to answer some questions about studying languages at A Level. Watch their video here.

French: AQA
Russian: Edexcel
Spanish: AQA

Upper II (Year 6)
Côte d’Opale, France
Three Days, Cultural Activities, Pen Pals, Hotel

Lower IV (Year 8)
Lille, France
Five Days, Homestay, Language Lessons, Cultural Activities, Pen Pals

Lower V–Upper VI (Year 10–Year 13)
Salamanca, Spain
Five Days, Homestay, Language Lessons, Cultural Activities

Lower V–Upper VI (Year 10–Year 13)
Avignon, France
Five Days, Homestay, Language Lessons, Cultural Activities

Clubs, Activities and Events
Conversation Club
Foreign Language Film Club
Modern Languages Day
Modern Language Plays (external)
Modern Languages Surgery
Pen Pal Exchanges
Spelling Bee