Language College



STMLC WAS successfully designated as a LC in July 2004

CEL appointed for January 2005 as Head of MFL 


Main Aims 

To raise the profile of STM as a Language College both within and outside of the College by:


1.  ensuring that the languages curriculum was accessible to all students and would lead them to achieve a language qualification (GCSE or alternative equivalent) by Year 11.

2. developing Community cohesion – to establish links with the local community (STMLC Catholic feeder primary schools and other primary schools in RBKC) by undertaking the following:  lead and support in the implementation of the National Languages strategy within their schools; deliver training in language teaching to all primary MFL coordinators in RBKC; work with other community groups (eg. Chelsea and Westminster hospital school/Bamboo learning for Mandarin) and provide support and opportunities for language teaching and learning.

3.  promoting the International Dimension of the College through a broad range of language, cultural and international activities and opportunities throughout the year.


Curriculum aims

  • To support students in their language learning and increase the number of students who attain a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • To ensure that the curriculum provides opportunities for students to broaden their experience of language learning and to develop knowledge and experience of culture through cross-curricular collaborative events.


Community cohesion

Primary Languages Teaching:

We currently deliver French/Spanish at two of our feeder primary schools - St Joseph’s Primary School and Chelsea and Sacred Heart, Battersea. We have previously delivered languages at Westminster Cathedral School, St Anne’s (Vauxhall), St Vincent de Paul, St John Evangelist, Park Walk and Holy Trinity.

Primary LanguagesTraining:


We have links with the wider community through our KS2 programme of languages and training to all Primary MFL coordinators in RBKC. Training in language teaching and the latest developments in the NC for MFL is delivered twice yearly.


Chelsea Hospital School:


We providesupport in language delivery/curriculum/exam expertise to non-specialist teachers at the hospital school; Our students have attended Chinese (Mandarin) workshops at the Hospital school and we recently took part in their Arabic Arts and Culture project - a collaborative project run annually in RBKC involving students from the hospital school and a school in Gaza, Palestine. STM students worked collaboratively with students from the Hospital school to print designs created by students from Gaza onto ceramic tiles which were exhibited at the Leighton House museum, Kensington in November 2012.


Philippines Day 15th May 2013:


To celebrate and raise the profile of our Filipino community, we are planning a collaborative Filipino language and culture day for Year 9 at STM on 15th May. The day will include a variety of cultural workshops and events such as Filipino Arts and Crafts, Filipino Martial Arts, Filipino Dance and Filipino cuisine. The day will be run by the MFL department in collaboration with the charity, Philippine Generations. Through this charity, which has status as a Supplementary school, we also hope to establish further links and opportunities for our Filipino students to gain accreditation in their native language, Tagalog. 


Collaborative links


Brazil Day 17th July 2013:


As usual the Music, MFL, Art and PE departments will be running this collaborative event providing opportunities for Year 7 to sample the delights of the Brazilian culture. The day will include Samba drumming, Capoeira, Brazilian carnival masks and the fun, competitive Brazil quiz.


Christmas From Around the World:


Year 7 learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and present their thoughts, ideas and reflections to the group. They also get to sample some delicious European Christmas foods.


European Languages Day 26th September:


On this day we celebrate not just European languages but all languages spoken around the world with an International Menu in the canteen, the MFL department’s quiz on European languages/dialects in unusual places around the world, prayers and stickers in many languages and general (European) knowledge quizzes.


Home languages

Native speakers:

All native speakers have the opportunity to gain a GCSE qualification in their home language. This year languages to be taken for GCSE range from Arabic, Cantonese, French, Italian, Persian to Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Each year MFL staff work tirelessly to arrange tuition, practice and instruction in exam technique to these pupils so that they may be successful in obtaining the highest grades at GCSE.


TAFAL: Teach a friend a language project:

An annual competition in whichpupils teach other students part of their home language. The winners in 2012 were Nathan Cummins, Cherenet Desta and Connor Collett who taught each other Polish and Amharic.  Well done! The next project is scheduled for 12th June 2013 and will involve all of Year 8.


Extra curricular

Chinese Language and Culture courses:

Autumn term course undertaken by Year 7 covering Chinese language, calligraphy, dance, brush paint and Kung Fu.


International Film Club:

Students view Foreign films at International Film club during Monday lunchtimes.


Overseas links

Spanish exchange school:


Our link with La Salle RC school, Santander is now well established. Students and staff from La Salle visited STM last year in April during which time they they made a video and linked with STMLC students for their school visit and attended a joint trip to the Globe theatre for a workshop on Romeo and Juliet. It was very successful and a second visit is planned for April.


Sri Lanka project:


STMLC has a link with the British Consul to a school in Sri Lanka. We have recently obtained funding for a respical visit.


Trips and Exchanges


Santander, Spain June 2013:


The MFL department is taking 40 pupils on a residential visit to Santander in June 2013. STM pupils will visit our Spanish partner school, La Salle RC School, spending some time in lessons with their partner. They will also undertake a number of cultural trips in the local area and get to practise their language skills.


  • Day trip to Boulogne – Yr 7 went on a trip to Boulogne in May 2012.
  • Day trip to Paris – previous  trips by ferry/Eurostar.
  • Residential trip to Paris  -June 2011.


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