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Bury Grammar Schools

Languages Faculty

The Languages Faculty at Bury Grammar School strives to increase academic potential whilst instilling a love of languages and other cultures in our pupils.
 
In a world where communication is key, we develop pupils speaking skills, support them in identifying language patterns and enable them to become independent learners. Pupils are encouraged to use the target language both in and out of the classroom and have regular contact with Foreign Language Assistants who nurture their linguistic abilities.
 
Languages lessons at BGS open a window on the wider world, offering unique opportunities to discover other traditions, cultures and political systems, and explore international arts and current affairs.
 
We offer French, German and Spanish to GCSE and A level. Latin is offered as a co-curriculum subject.

Subjects

Head of Faculty

Madame Banks studied at Bordeaux III University where she obtained a Masters Degree in French Literature and Language before moving to the UK.
 
She completed her PGCE at The University of Manchester and teaches French, German and Latin.
 
She started at BGS as Head of MFL in 2015 and has since strived to share her love of language learning, foreign literature and international current affairs with all BGS pupils and students.
 
Madame Banks is also Head of French and Latin.

Staff List

Madame Banks - Head of the Languages Faculty, Head of French


Mr Boyd - Head of German


Miss Bonilla-Marti - Head of Spanish


Mrs Howard - MFL Teacher


Ms H Greene - Head of Careers & MFL Teacher


Miss Herbert - MFL Teacher


Mrs Taylor - Part Time Teacher of MFL


Mr Yates - Part Time MFL & Latin Teacher

Co-curriculum

Latin and Dutch

 
Latin and Dutch are offered to Year 9s as part of our co-curriculum programme.
 

Trips

  • Our German Exchange with Köln Deutzer Gymnasium is the longest running in the country
  • Trip to Germany (Berlin or Munich)
  • Trip to Spain (Madrid)
  • Trip to France or Switzerland (Normandy or Geneva)

Clubs and competitions

  • MFL Film club
  • Club d’Italiano
  • Russian club
  • Le café français
  • Linguastars (Saturday morning course for Year 6)
  • Spelling Bee
  • Translation Bee
  • Close links with local universities and Routes into Languages

Results and Success Stories

 
Languages students at BGS have had many university successes in the recent years, with students reading languages at Oxford, Durham, Sheffield and KCL.