MFL - Modern Foreign Languages

At Cheadle Hulme High School, we firmly believe that learning a language plays a significant role in developing students academically and culturally – and ultimately in helping them to open the door to the future of their choice.

Within the languages department at CHHS we teach French, German and Spanish and students begin learning one language in Year 7. We have a philosophy of “Speak First” within the department and all students are immersed in the target language from their very first lesson. This immersive style of language teaching, where target language is used, not only by teachers but also by students, allows learners to build on grammatical concepts to allow them to make clear links between areas of learning. A belief that “Oracy precedes literacy” underpins our pedagogical approach. At CHHS we have an early entry policy whereby all students complete their GCSE studies in their first language at the end of Year 9, thus they are then able to opt for a second language (French, German, Spanish or Latin) to study over the two years at KS4. This leads to the possibility of dual language study in our 6th form. We have healthy numbers of students studying languages in our 6th form and learning a language forms part of the 6th form enrichment programme. We have had many successful linguists who have competed in national debating finals representing their subjects, and who have gone on to prestigious universities to pursue their chosen languages.

Languages are highly valued at CHHS and this is reflected in the size of the department. Currently we have 12 members of staff including two SLEs and two Assistant Headteachers.

All of our Languages teachers (apart from NQTs) are trained and experienced subject mentors who enjoy working with trainee teachers. Two of the department are Specialist Leaders of Education who deliver the Languages-specific pedagogy modules that run alongside the lessons that the trainees teach.

How to apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: French (2MLV), German (2MLX), Spanish (2MLW)

Entry Requirements

Secondary MFL

All offers are conditional upon passing the pre-entry skills tests in Mathematics and English. We advise that these are passed prior to application, but where they have not been both tests will need to have been passed within six weeks of a place being offered to fulfil the conditions of that offer.

A 2:2 honours degree or above awarded by a UK University or equivalent which contains substantial

  • Study of your main language
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • Recent and relevant school experience in UK schools in the last two years
  • To be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English