This annual event is celebrated across Europe on 26th September and flags up the importance of learning a foreign language and communicating effectively across national boundaries.

Our Focus Week saw a fantastic range of events take place throughout the week – with assemblies, quizzes, European flag face-painting and competitions taking place throughout the week.

In addition, our Y11 GCSE French students enjoyed a 4-day field trip to Paris which saw them take in the sights, improve their speaking and listening skills and work with senior staff on their Maths, English and overall march towards their summer exams.

Additionally, local primary schools joined in the fun with Willows and Henry Chadwick Primary Schools coming in to do sessions in French, Music and Drama.

Elsewhere, our Sixth Formers were offered an insight into the world of international placements, internships and foreign travel opportunities.

Sophie Grigg, Head of MFL, said: “We achieved some stunning French results last year and are determined to maintain this record next summer. The week pushed the fun and challenge of foreign languages and for the Year 11s in particular it has brought memories which will last a lifetime.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “Our students are sadly growing up in a climate where internationalism seems to be somewhat frowned upon but these are the children who play online games with partners from across the planet and are so savvy with social media that global communication is second nature. An important part of this is the ability to speak a foreign language – for work, for travel and for the sheer academic challenge. We have great French teachers who can help our students to achieve great things.”