Modern Languages

Modern Languages

The ability to understand and communicate in other languages is an important part of living in a diverse society and participating in a global economy. Languages are a lifelong skill, useful in business and for pleasure.

The aims of the Modern Languages Department at Clifton College Preparatory School are to encourage the children to communicate with confidence by providing a solid foundation of basic grammar and vocabulary; to develop an awareness of the culture and traditions of other countries; and to ensure pupils enjoy and succeed in their learning.

To complement the stimulating lessons taught by specialist language teachers, we have extra curricular activities on offer to broaden the pupils' experiences of foreign languages beyond the classroom. These range from House Pétanque competitions, to Zoo trips, Residential trips (to France, Spain, Germany and China) a French theatre visit and other language workshops and events.

We are one of the few Preparatory Schools to offer the choice of four modern languages from Year 7. This breadth of choice gives our pupils a wider understanding of the world and open-mindedness towards other cultures and customs.

In Years 7 and 8, most pupils study French plus a second modern foreign language.

Pupils can choose from the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • German
  • Mandarin


Pupils study French for four lessons per week in the Upper Preparatory. This provides them with the firm foundations necessary for future study at the Upper School and beyond.

The second modern foreign language is studied for two lessons per week. This offers a good introduction to the language, which is developed further at the Senior School.