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Modern Foreign Languages & Classics

The MFL Department at King William’s College is made up of four French, five Spanish and two German teachers and two teaching assistants. We also teach Latin at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

When students join College they are set in French and Spanish. In French, they are set two months after joining the School and in Spanish they are set after the January exams. Sets are also adjusted after the January and the June examinations.

In Lower Fourth, Upper Fourth and Lower Five, students have three 40 minute lessons per week for French and Spanish/ Latin. In M5, students have four 40 minute lessons per week for French, Spanish or both and in Upper five students have five 40 minute lessons for French and four 40 minute lessons for Spanish or both.
French and Spanish were both introduced in the Lower Fourth in 2007 and students have to study both languages until the end of Lower Fifth.

At the end of Lower Fifth, students can choose between French, Spanish or Latin or both languages for their IGCSE.

The International Baccalaureate

In Lower Sixth students can choose between:

In Lower Sixth and Upper SIxth, students have six 40 minute lessons per week.


Why study Latin?

  1. It is the root of many modern languages (English, French, Spanish...), so can help you understand where words come from.
  2. Provides a crash course in basic grammar (useful for understanding English).
  3. Chance to learn about the language, literature, culture and history of Rome – and discover how it shaped our modern society.
  4. Promotes an inquisitive mindset, encouraging students to consider the construction of language.
  5. Chance to learn Ancient Greek.
  6. A well-respected subject based on academic rigour.


Language clinics are offered at lunchtime for French and Spanish to support the students. Hispanic Day takes place in October and Francophonie Day takes place on 20th March. This year, French comedians came to give a performance in French in the King’s Court Theatre. 


The French Department organises a trip to Paris for Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth every other year. Other trips have taken place in the past to Normandy.

The Spanish Department is organising an exchange with a school in Burgos. In October 2015, it was the first time the exchange was organised and it was a great success.
Other past trips include Madrid and San Sebastian. 

Our son has been at King William’s College for two years and has settled in very well with the full support of the boarding staff and teachers, who have demonstrated great kindness and caring. The highly disciplined, but dynamic education system has helped our 15 year old son to adapt well and his confidence has noticeably improved in a short space of time. What's especially pleasing is that not only does the College have an excellent calibre of teaching staff and a strong academic curriculum, but we have been surprised and delighted to discover their excellent music achievements! With such great experience, our second son will also join KWC starting at Lower 5, to have a well rounded education. We cannot be more pleased with our decision to send our sons here all the way from Hong Kong!

M5 Overseas Parent