Modern Foreign Languages

We are proud of our Modern Foreign Languages Faculty and and the results which our girls achieve. At Belvedere, we offer French, Spanish and Mandarin from Year 7-11 as part of our curriculum and one MFL subject is compulsory to GSCE standard.

French and Spanish

In Lower School, all students take French and Spanish for 3 hours per fortnight.

In Upper School, all students can study either French or Spanish, and the option is there to study both if they are keen linguists.

In the Sixth Form, we have AS and A2 groups studying French and Spanish, with a high rate of our students continuing to study languages at university. For the last few years the majority of our Year 12 linguists have enjoyed a week’s work experience in France or Spain or even in both countries in some cases.

Visits and links abroad are seen as an important part of language learning and trips take place on a regular basis. In the last few years there have been trips to Paris, Normandy, Nice, Barcelona, Valencia and Granada for KS3 and KS4 as well as the Sixth Form work experience in France and Spain.


Since Mandarin was introduced, it has gone from strength to strength.

All students in Lower School study Mandarin, alongside French and Spanish.

We have keen interest in Upper School with options groups in each year.

We are excited about the MFL Department’s first trip to China, but so many other cultural visits happen throughout the year. In the last few years, we have visited the Terracotta Warriors, the circus, pop concerts and celebrated many different festivals. We have also developed our link with Edge Hill Confucius Institute.

Our Aims

In MFL, our objectives are to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to the speakers of foreign languages and to enable students to enjoy using the target language for the purpose of practical communication. Furthermore, we aim to offer insights into and promote better understanding of other countries and cultures thus encouraging the development of tolerance, empathy and consideration for others. Finally, we wish to provide our students with lifelong learning and for them to be confident communicators when they leave Belvedere.


We have a wide range of Enrichment activities on offer including intervention and support throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5.

We also offer fun clubs and experiences such as French Film Club, Spanish Puzzles and Games, Tai chi, Kung Fu, Irish Dancing and Flamenco Dancing. We have even made dumplings, tortilla and crêpes in recent years.

Our students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin and Arabic at the Academy through our Enrichment provision, and we can arrange for them to sit GCSE and A Levels exams in these languages.

We can arrange for our students who speak different home languages to sit GCSE and A Levels exams in these languages.

Department Staff

Mr S. McGovern - Curriculum Leader of MFL

Miss C. Murray - Assistant Curriculum Leader of MFL

Miss S. Behrens - Head of Mandarin Chinese

Miss N. Cosgrove - Teacher of MFL

Miss M. Pozo - Teacher of MFL

Miss M. Potel - Teacher of MFL

Miss A. Darwent - Teacher of MFL 

Miss V. Vuodi - Teacher of Chinese 



If you require any further curriculum information, please contact:

Mr McGovern at for French

Miss Murray at for Spanish

Miss Behrens at for Mandarin