Miss Akesse - Head of Department
Mis Cartmell - Head of Spanish
Mrs Chambers
Mrs Protopapa
Miss Abazari
Mr Rungasamy


Department overview

MFL education at Barking Abbey will provide all students with the opportunity to communicate and participate in a range of language experiences. We aim:

To inspire our students with engaging and challenging curriculum for all and make them happy and confident when communicating in other languages whether in speaking or in writing.

To encourage a curiosity in other cultures and work outside the English-speaking world.

To build an understanding of the importance of languages beyond the classroom in everyday life.

To help our students appreciate that learning a language is an essential tool for lifelong learning that will broaden horizons and provide opportunities for the future in the world of travel and work.

To contribute to developing our students as global citizens who understand and tolerate cultural differences and can benefit from the richness of a diverse world.

The MFL department promotes the cultural aspects in the classroom as well as our annual trips abroad opportunities for students to get involved and engage with language and culture.

It has never been more important or exciting to be able to speak a foreign language in our increasingly globalised and connected world. Our aim is to equip our students with a greater appreciation and understanding of cultures in addition to the relevant communication skills to take advantage of the modern world of work.



Key Stage 3

At Barking School, the Modern Foreign Languages department offer French or Spanish from year 7.

From the start of the course, we are committed to

-Promoting student’s confidence using the language in all four skills

-Raising motivation and enjoyment for students

-Teaching students to become increasingly independent learners

We are proud of our strong relationships with our local primary schools to support students to bridge the transition from primary to secondary school.

We follow a three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum that aims to give students a good grounding in the basics of French language to help them extend their knowledge in later years. The course is broken down into the following components:

Course Components 

Key stage 3 support resources 

Here are some useful resources to help support your child to develop their knowledge of further. Click on the link to find the resource.

French Study Guide

French workbook

KS3 French Study Guide: for Years 7, 8 and 9 (CGP KS3 Study Guides)

KS3 French Grammar Workbook (includes Answers): for Years 7, 8 and 9 (CGP KS3 Workbooks)

Spanish Study guide

Spanish workbook

KS3 Spanish Study Guide: for Years 7, 8 and 9 (CGP KS3 Study Guides)

KS3 Spanish Workbook with Answers: for Years 7, 8 and 9 (CGP KS3 Workbooks)


Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students develop their understanding of a range of themes covered at Key Stage three with a greater emphasis on independence.

Students are trained to think and seek out and solve their own issues with language and grammar. These key independence skills for learners are enabled as students are provided with excellent MFL resources to support them in and outside the classroom.

Course content

French and Spanish




Identity and culture


Local area, holiday and travel




Future aspirations, study and work


International and global dimension


Key Stage 4 support resources 

Edexcel GCSEFrench Grammar and translation Revise GCSE (9-1)French Revision guide   Revise GCSE (9-1)French Revision workbook
Studio Edexcel GCSE French Grammar and Translation Workbook Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide Second Edition: for 2022 exams and beyond: for home learning, 2022 and 2023 assessments and exams Pearson REVISE Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Workbook: For 2024 and 2025 assessments and exams: for home learning, 2022 and 2023 assessments and exams
Edexcel GCSE (9-1)Spanish Grammar and translation book  Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)Spanish Revision Guide  Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)Spanish Revision Workbook 
Viva! Edexcel GCSE Spanish Grammar and... by Traynor, Tracy ( Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Spanish... by Reeves, Leanda ( REVISE Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Spanish Revision Workbook Second Edition (

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."

Frank Smith