Modern Foreign Languages

Language means ‘the method of human communication used by a particular community’. The study of a different language will enable you to develop an understanding of another culture and therefore gain a more profound understanding of your own language and culture.

At Outwood Academy Ripon we teach French


In every one of our academies a vast number of after- academy enrichment activities take place each week. Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme.

Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure by clicking HERE

At OAR, we have taken students abroad to enable them to practise their language skills and get a flavour of French-speaking cultures. We also offer a German Club for our Y7 and Y8 students, a Latin Club for those enrolled on our Honours Programme and Y11 Intervention for GCSE Success. Y8 and Y9 students are given the opportunity to take part in the exciting Languages Challenge, a national competition run by SOAS University in London. Y7 students develop their vocabulary skills through a Trust-wide Spelling Bee, with finalists taken to Sheffield Hallam University for a Grand Finale and our most talented linguists in Y8 are invited to attend a Gifted and Talented Challenge Day, again at Sheffield Hallam University. We are in the process of establishing links for projects in French-speaking countries as well, so there is always lots going on in MFL!

“A different language is a different vision of life.”

Frederico Fellini

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Frank Smith

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities for students with languages include specialist occupations, such as interpreting, translation and teaching, but also industry, business, marketing, finance, the civil service, the European Union agencies, law and the media. Languages graduates are on average 10-15% better paid than other arts graduates and have one of the lowest unemployment rates overall. With the UK as a whole now producing fewer and fewer linguists, students with a Modern Language are increasingly sought after. If you choose to take languages further, you will have the opportunity to spend a year abroad, giving you the opportunity to experience life in another country and to develop lots of the skills valued by employers.