Mission Statement

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world." – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

The MFL Department at DCHS aims to encourage positive attitudes and enthusiasm towards Modern Foreign Language learning, whilst simultaneously promoting understanding, interest, respect and empathy for other nationalities and cultures.

We are committed to providing enjoyment and intellectual stimulation in a supportive environment, so that each individual is able to achieve his or her potential across all four skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Courses Offered & Unit Work

AS-A2 French (AQA)

Unit Work

Preparing for Sixth Form

Department Highlights

The MFL department runs an annual exchange with Alnwick’s twin town, Lagny sur Marne. The exchange gives students in all year groups the opportunity to enhance language skills, develop insight into life in France and develop life-long friendships. During their stay, students experience school life in France, life in a French family and go on a variety of excursions; Paris, Fontainebleau Château and local attractions. A number of students have returned for a second and third visit to their host families.

Staff Contact List

Mrs Jen Sibbald (Head of Department)


Mrs C Brown

Mrs Jackie Jurke