Welcome to the Languages Department
We offer an unrivalled choice of languages with up to nine offered to GCSE and six to A level. In the Sixth Form, we offer beginners' courses in Chinese, Japanese and Arabic to those who have not opted for them for GCSE. Understanding languages enables us to connect better with other cultures. It increases our understanding and appreciation of the world and people around us. Equally importantly, fluency in an additional language is a much sought-after skill in the workplace.
Our team of 19 linguists and five assistants inspire, encourage and challenge our pupils to develop their skills. To further this we ensure class sizes are minimal in size.
The highest levels of support are offered to pupils, including workshops, sessions for Gifted linguists and speakers.
Events and exchanges
Millfield runs well-supported annual exchanges to Germany, France and Japan and trips to Italy, Greece and Spain.
A-Level pupils enjoy study days, exhibitions, cinemas and theatre trips. Alongside these, students also participate in language productions such as “La casa de Bernarda Alba” by Lorca and Moliere’s “L’Avare”.
Languages at GCSE and A-Level
The majority of pupils study at least one language for their GCSEs, being encouraged to take two. Many then choose to study one or more to A-Level. Pupils can choose from: