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

At Salisbury Cathedral School, we believe that children should not automatically expect others to speak and understand English. They should appreciate the importance of trying to communicate with and understand people in a different language, to embrace both their language, their traditions and their culture. The ability to speak a foreign language is also a key life skill and it is never too young to start.

Above all, however, learning a language should be fun!




Language learning at SCS starts early, in the Pre-Prep department, where all pupils are introduced to French. As pupils move up into the Prep school, the number of lessons per week increases and by the time pupils reach Year 7, they have two and a half hours of language learning per week.

As enjoying language learning is a priority, pupils are taught through a wide range of resources, including a computer suite fitted with language software and headphones for interactive learning. Interactive whiteboards and ipads for older pupils support in-class teaching and pupils have access to a variety of native language resources such as books, magazines, games, films and songs.


Role play is an integral part of the learning process and pupils can often be found ordering drinks and food in cafés, asking for information in a tourist office, explaining aches and pains to a doctor or buying food in the market!

Our ultimate aim is for pupils to achieve well in languages when they sit their 13+ Common Entrance at the end of Year 8. In recent years we have achieved top grades in French, and enjoyed considerable scholarship successes.







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