Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Jane Driver
Associate Assistant Principal
Subject Leader Languages


Maria Parades Cegarra
Hayley Gilson
Virginia V. Alfaro
William Marks

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his own language, that goes to his HEART.”
- Nelson Mandela


The Voyager Academy is an International School and has been recognised as such by the awarding of the prestigious International Schools Award from the British Council. Languages are a key skill that is in high demand in the UK and abroad. There are many opportunities to use languages in everyday life as well as in the workplace. Knowing a language can help significantly when searching for a career, in fact employees with language skills are more in demand than ever and often earn more money than their non-linguist counterparts. Even a little knowledge of a language can make matters much easier, whether at work, on holiday abroad or assisting a tourist in this country. Lessons contain many different geographical and cultural aspects of countries where the language is spoken and it is exciting that no 2 lessons are ever the same. The personal enthusiasm of the teacher and his/her personal interests ensure this and encourage maximum immersion in the language. It is a subject area where we encourage everyone to have a go. The Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular language projects and activities for each year group as well as intervention and support sessions. Many famous people have skills in several languages and we see the successes and advantages this has brought to them. (David Beckham, Johnny Depp, J K Rowling and Arsène Wenger, to name just a few.)




KS 3

Year 7 students will study Spanish at KS3 and they will then have the opportunity to continue their language to GCSE. Students in Year 8 and 9 will study either French or Spanish at KS3. For students who are relatively new to English, the Languages Department offers English Linguistics lessons across Key Stage 3 – these students will still study Spanish (or French) and be able to continue to GCSE, but they will be on an alternative curriculum in KS3.
There are a number of extra-curricular clubs such as Y7 Spelling Bee and Y8 & Y9 Translation Bee Clubs as well as Language Leaders for Y9 after school on Thursdays.
In KS3 the coursebooks are Viva 1, 2 and 3 for Spanish and Studio 1, 2 and 3 for French. All 4 target areas will be incorporated (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and assessment will be half termly. Students will complete whole class activities, pair-work, small group work and individual tasks, using a wide variety of resources, eg: film and audio tracks, textbooks and other printed materials, as well as accessing websites and Moodle. Homework is an essential part of the learning process as it is important to build up a repertoire of vocabulary to use in the classroom. Tasks set might typically be learning vocabulary, gap-filling exercises, emails, researching/finding materials for the next lesson and revision for assessments.

KS 4

Students will choose to study GCSE Spanish or French (2 year courses) and Home Language students may choose Italian, German, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Polish, Urdu, Panjabi, Greek or Russian as an extra-curricular option, this is available for those students who have sufficient command of another language, particularly in the written form of the language. Please see the Subject Leader for details and any specific requests. All 4 skill areas are examined during and at the end of all courses. The course books used are the AQA GCSE Viva and Studio books, supplemented by other materials, as in KS3. The importance of homework increases at this level and tasks set may be longer as we prepare Y11 students for the Speaking and Writing Assessments which are completed throughout the duration of the course and Y10 students prepare for their final exams at the end of Y11. There are GCSE revision sessions on Fridays after school.
AQA French Overview
AQA Spanish Overview

KS 5

KS5 Students will be able to study AS and A2 in Spanish and French and other languages are available according to personal interest too. The AQA specifications and materials are also used at this level and the specification details are available on the examination boards’ websites.

Partnerships and Visits

The Academy has a number of Partner schools in Viersen in Germany, Arequipa in Peru, Mallorca and Badajoz in Spain and the USA. TVA has also received European Erasmus+ funding to participate in a 2-year project with Germany and Spain for Y9 and Y10 students. These are a useful extension to education inside the classroom and we also have plans for visits to Spain (Cartagena) and France (Normandy/Brittany) for students of all ages to assist them in their language acquisition as well as providing them with additional opportunities to travel.
If you require any additional information, please speak with the Subject Leader or visit the International Schools Page (link).