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


All ability levels in languages are welcomed and encouraged in our vibrant and diverse Languages Department. 

French, Irish and Spanish are taught up to Key Stage 4, with Spanish currently up to A Level.

On entering St Patrick's, students study all 3 languages and at the end of Year 8 choose which two they wish to continue in Years 9 and 10. We believe this gives all students the opportunity to make an informed choice for GCSE.

In Year 12 GCSE, there are currently 2 French classes, 1 Irish class and 4 Spanish classes. In addition, there is an AS and an A2 class in Spanish.



Why are Languages important?

  • English is not enough! It is really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.
  • It is an impressive achievement to speak an additional language and it can help give an added advantage in your career options in the future.
  • You develop four key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing, all of which are invaluable in other academic subjects and in the world at large. These skills can make you a more effective communicator and a sharper editor and writer in general.
  • Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.
  • Travel to new places around the world becomes possible and more enjoyable.
  • It is the perfect way to meet new people, to break down barriers and to discover new cultures.
  • Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd. Learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.
  • You will have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.


Members of Staff:

  • Mrs. P Canavan  (Spanish, HoD)
  • M Burns  (French/Spanish)
  • Mrs. G.McCaul  (French/Irish)                
  • Mrs. K Rice  (Spanish/French)
  • Mr. C. Walsh (Irish)                                 
  • Mrs. Sonia Rodriguez - Spanish Language Assistant





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