The Modern Languages Department, the largest at King Edward's, teaches French, German, Spanish and Italian. French is introduced in the Shells (Year 7) and is compulsory for all until the end of the Removes (Year 8). It is the first language through which King Edward's School teaches pupils the skills of language acquisition. German and Spanish are introduced as options in the Upper Middles (Year 9), at the end of which all pupils continue to study one or two modern languages.
After the IGCSE, which is taken at the end of the 5th Form (Year 11), the two-year International Baccalaureate enables us to offer a range of courses in all four languages, from Ab Initio (beginners) to Higher Level. All IB students study at least one language as part of their IB Diploma.
The department, many of whom are native speakers, inhabits a £5 million development which was completed in September 2013. It contains large, well-equipped classrooms, a state-of-the-art language laboratory and dedicated space for one-to-one and small-group tuition with our four foreign language assistants.
Among the many visits abroad offered by King Edward's are the department's language exchanges with schools in Grasse on the French Mediterranean coast, Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca and Dorsten in Germany.