Modern Languages are pivotal to our academic provision at Malvern. A wonderfully inclusive environment prevails, offering pupils the opportunity to develop new language skills in a vibrant, forward-thinking and ambitious department, where a rare blend and diversity of native speakers among the staff and pupil-body is harnessed.
In the Lower School, pupils can study any combination of French, German and Spanish within the core languages curriculum. From September 2017, pupils arriving in the Foundation Year will have the opportunity to take short, taster courses in both Spanish and German, where they have had no, or very little, prior tuition in these subjects. Exposure to a new language at this stage has proved to be very popular, with a number of pupils in recent years going on to study these subjects into the Sixth Form and beyond.
Pupils in the Foundation Year who have some experience in German and Spanish are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills in more advanced classes, with this programme running alongside French classes that are also set on ability, up to native-speaker level. Catering for the opportunity to study any combination of these three languages at (I)GCSE helps provide pupils with real flexibility in their choice of subjects, and paves the way for poly-lingual pupils to specialise in the field of Modern Languages. In addition, privately arranged tuition is available in the Lower School in Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.
Results at (I)GCSE across all languages are often excellent, with 48% of grades attained in 2017 at A*, and 83% A* - B.
Almost three quarters of the Sixth Form study at least one modern language, with French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin all offered at A level and IB, while we have also provided tuition in Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu in recent years. Here the opportunity to study literature, film and to delve more deeply into cultural aspects of the selected language offers a tremendously fulfilling challenge to our pupils, all the while refining language skills to increasing levels of fluency. A good percentage of pupils who study a language at Sixth Form go on to include languages in their studies at University.
At A level, 93% of pupils scored grade A* - B in 2017.
At IB, 52% of pupils scored the highest grade of 7 in 2017, including Language and Literature for native speakers, Language B (Higher and Standard Level) and ab initio.
The average IB points scored across all Modern Language subjects in 2017 was a very impressive 6.35.