Curriculum Intent

The Imberhorne MFL department is an enthusiastic and lively place. We all love learning languages and know the importance, freedom and joy that communicating with people from different countries and cultures can bring. We strive to inspire this same love for language learning in all our students; opening up opportunities, broadening horizons and shaping them as global citizens.

There are many advantages for people who speak more than one language, including improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, the ability to multitask, and better listening skills. People who speak a second language have a better understanding of their own language and culture and are always valuable to employers.

Staff Information

NamePosition / ResponsibilityE-Mail
Ms C GarnseyJoint Leader of Learning for Languages & Leader of Italiancgarnsey [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs L HutchesonJoint Leader of Learning for Languages & Leader of Spanishlhutcheson [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss S TruslerLanguages Teacher and KS2/3 Transition Leaderstrusler [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs E SteineggerLanguage Teacheresteinegger [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs N Rocliffe KS3 Leader for Languagesnrocliffe [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs H WellerLanguages Teacher and Leader of Germanhweller [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs C CookLanguages Teacher and Head of Year 10ccook [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs N BinderLanguages Teachernbinder [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs N LakeLanguages Teachernlake [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk


How can I help my child revise/improve?

To help your child, you can encourage them to learn their vocabulary. Vocabulary learning homework is set regularly at all Key Stages and helps students to consolidate their learning. You can also encourage your child to regularly use the online language learning platforms such as memrise, quizlet and duolingo.

Students also have a vocabulary and grammar book which they can use to help with independent learning. At KS4 and 5, past papers are available on student resources and on the exam board websites.

How many hours a week of language learning will students have?

All students in Year 7 & 8 study one Modern Foreign Language for 2 hours per week. In Year 9, all students start the MFL GCSE course in their first MFL. In addition, at this point, students who are in Set 1 for MFL, start Italian for 1 hour per week. These students will be able to continue to study Italian to GCSE level if they choose to do so. At KS4, students will have 5 hours per fortnight for each of their GCSE language studies.