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Languages

At Blundell’s, we believe that it is important to meet the ever-increasing need in our multi-lingual world for people who are competent in more than one language.

We offer French from Year 7 with German and Spanish from Year 9. All three languages continue to A-Level. Language learning helps us develop many skills, not just those applicable to the sphere of communication, and it also helps our pupils to understand how their native language works.

Through our teaching, we aim to develop independent learners who are able to use language in a creative way with a strong focus on being able to communicate with a purpose, with pupils who enjoy learning about other cultures. Our lessons draw on our own experiences of living in different countries to help our pupils understand the principles of language learning. Our department philosophy is to emphasise the relevance of language in day to day interactions. To achieve this, we utilize cross-curricular activities such as sports, music and history to add meaning to the learning.

Food tasting and cultural celebrations are integral to our teaching and always give us opportunities to enhance the pupils’ learning. There is a lot more to it than simply learning the grammar and we aim to open our pupils’ eyes to how wonderfully fulfilling learning different languages can be. There is no better way to experience this than by going on our annual trip to Paris and having the thrill of ordering your own coffee in French!

Latest News

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Devizes to Westminster 2022

This Easter, three crews from the Blundell’s Kayak Racing Squad were able to take part in the world famous Devizes to Westminster canoe race.

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Brilliant Blundellians

We have had a great deal of success in our Sciences this term, with many pupils achieving high in a number of national challenges.

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Two pupils awarded the Blundell’s White Blazer

White blazers are awarded to pupils who achieve Full Colours in three areas of the school.

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Blundell's fundraising activities

All four of our school charities provide us with excellent examples of what it means to care for others in practical ways and we are privileged to partner with them and learn from them.

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Blundell's in Space Spring Concert

Wednesday 16 Feb saw the extraordinary Blundell’s in Space Concert.

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Pupil Profile: Molly

Blundell’s pupil wins a place at Cambridge University to study Law.

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The Exeter Chiefs England Rugby Academy

Congratulations to Dan, Ben and Will who have been selected for the Exeter Chiefs DPP U18 Academy Programme. It's great to see our strong connections with Exeter Chiefs continue.

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Pupil Profile: Kabir

Blundell’s pupil wins a place at USA Ivy League University Dartmouth College

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Exeter Cathedral Carol Service

The carol service in Exeter Cathedral is always one of the highlights of the school calendar and this year certainly did not disappoint.

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