Aims and Philosophy

  • In an ever-increasing multi-lingual world, the importance of learning another language has never been greater.
  • Learning another language enables pupils to become confident individuals who learn how to interact with others in real-life situations.
  • The study of another language also allows pupils to gain the necessary skills to become responsible citizens through a growing awareness of life in another society or country.
  • One of the keys aims of modern languages teaching in Curriculum for Excellence is to develop pupils’ ‘communicative competence’ so that they are able to use and enjoy language effectively in real situations for a range of relevant purposes in work and leisure throughout their lives.
  • The Modern Languages Department believes that all pupils are capable of being successful in their learning of a modern language.  As such, staff in the Department use and develop resources which recognise and build-upon pupils’ needs and previous learning experiences.
  • Teaching in the Department reflects the different learning styles of pupils with a variety of teaching approaches used.


Success Headlines

  • We have set up our own website.  The address is www.frenchatschool.co.uk.  Comprehensive vocabulary lists can be found in French and Spanish for all of our courses from S1-S4.
  • All pupils are able to access and complete homework with Edmodo
  • Several extra curricular clubs are run on demand (Mod Langs Internet and Technology Club, Film Club)
  • Advanced Higher classes take part in an annual trip to Herriot Watt University to participate in multi-lingual debates
  • Revision classes in French and Spanish at all levels are offered in the run-up to SQA exams.  In addition, we operate an open door policy whereby pupils can come to the department at break, lunchtime or after school for support.


Curriculum Leader

Mr A McCulloch