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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 GCSE.

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 has organised an exchange with a school in Burgos. Other past trips include Madrid and San Sebastian. 

I loved King William’s College from the start. I made up my mind within an hour of our time there that I wanted my son to attend. You have to come to College to understand what makes it stand out from the rest. It is a place of genuinely caring and friendly people. Another aspect of College we love is its vast international community. Our son has made some great friends and as a result has come to appreciate and respect other cultures and traditions. Our son loves College. He loves the independence to make choices, the easy access he has to his tutors, the opportunity to make his own mistakes and learn from them, but most of all, he loves the fact that expert assistance is always a breath away.

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