In the Modern Foreign Languages Department, we strongly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience a foreign language and culture to broaden their horizons to become Global Citizens. By sharing our passion for our subject, we aim to develop pupils’ skills in understanding and producing language through our enthusiasm and subject knowledge to create linguists who are confident communicators.
Miss Jones leads the Department, alongside a further two members of staff to deliver energetic, engaging lessons by friendly, knowledgeable and approachable staff. We have high standards and firmly believe that if pupils aren’t being stretched and challenged, they aren’t being pushed to meet their full potential. While lessons are firmly built on the principle of stretch and challenge, tasks are scaffolded to ensure that all pupils are able to meet the high expectations in place.
In a world which is becoming smaller and more accessible, the ability to communicate in a foreign language is more essential than ever. Thinking skills, the ability to notice, understand and apply patterns in language and resilience are key skills which we wish to foster in all our pupils. By having high expectations for pupils and providing in depth feedback to pupils for them to further develop, every pupil is capable of achieving beyond their expected progress.
Head of MFL
Uniform essential itemsThe appearance of the pupils reflects very much on the School and all pupils are expected to wear school uniform to and from school and to maintain a smart and clean appearance. The uniform requirements are quite clear and girls must wear only the specified tailored trousers or skirt. Uniform essential items: Items marked with an * must be purchased through the uniform suppliers noted in the tab below. *Official Darwen Vale embroidered badge black blazer. *Official Darwen Vale school tie blue at KS3 and red at KS4. *Official Darwen Vale embroidered lettering black V-Neck pull over. *Official Darwen Vale black stitch down embroidered badge pleat skirt. Waistband must be flat at all times. Black conventional style trousers, not cords or denim, and not bootleg or skinny fit. Students can choose to wear trousers or a skirt. Plain light blue shirt, long sleeve or short sleeve. Students must ensure that their shirt is always tucked in, with the top button done up. Black tights if wearing a skirt, no patterns (Autumn Term – May Half Term). Black socks, no patterns or bows and knee length if wearing a skirt (After May Half Term only). Black leather or simulated leather shoes, no branding and no trainers. Black or navy outer coat, no leather or denim jackets or hooded sweatshirts. Students must not wear coats inside the building. In extreme circumstances if there has to be a variation from the required standard, pupils should be provided with a note explaining the situation and giving a date when the uniform will be complete. The full uniform must be reinstated in as short a time as possible. Pupils risk being sent home to get changed if wearing incorrect uniform without a note. For further information see our appearance and school dress guide here.
Purchasing UniformsGarments in the distinctive school colours with logo can be obtained from: • Gray’s, Northgate, Blackburn Tel: 514257 • Derek Whittaker & Co, 3 Waterloo Pavilions, Church Street, Blackburn BB1 5AL Tel: 676047 • Snazzys, 24 Bridge Street, Darwen School ties and badges are also available at the school from Pupil Services.
PE KitsPE kit essential items: PE kit is only to be worn during PE lessons. *Official Darwen Vale t-shirt – navy blue. *Official Darwen Vale shorts/skort – navy blue. *Official Darwen Vale leggings – navy blue. *Official Darwen Vale hoody – navy blue. Navy blue football socks. Trainers – indoor use. Football boots, no metal studs – outdoor use (3G and field).
AppearanceJewellery Permitted : One wrist watch. Small metal stud in each air lobe. Not permitted: Facial, mouth and navel piercings including those that are transparent. Hooped earrings/earrings that are not studs including those that are transparent and Necklaces. Hair All hair styles must be neat and tidy and professional. Colours away from the natural hair colour are not permitted. Students with long hair are encouraged to tie their hair back and will be required to do so for Health and Safety purposes in subjects such as PE and Food Technology. Religious garments If for a religious reason, a student requires a head covering such as a hijab or a turban, then this must be plain black.
Items not AllowedPlease note the following items are not permitted in school: Mobile Phones and Smart Watches Mobile phones are not to be seen or heard within the Academy and as soon as our students step foot through the main gate. If a mobile is seen or heard they will be confiscated, placed in the pastoral office and students will be asked to collect at the end of the day after sitting their 30-minute same-day detention for being on their mobile phone. If this happens more than 3 times in one half term, parents/carers will be asked to collect the mobile phone. If you need to contact your child throughout the day you may do so via school reception or your child’s Head of Year. Smart watches capable of communication through connectivity with phones are not permitted. Make up, eyelash extensions and nail varnish/false nails Make up, eyelash extensions, nail polish, and false nails are not permitted. Any visible make-up or nail varnish that is worn will be required to be removed immediately. Cigarettes Any students found to be smoking or in possession of cigarettes will be sanctioned in line with the Academy’s behaviour policy. E-cigarettes Any students found to be smoking or in possession of e-cigarettes will be sanctioned in line with the Academy’s behaviour policy. Aerosols Due to health and safety aerosols are not permitted at the Academy. Students are permitted to bring roll on deodorant if required. Tippex Chewing gum Any students chewing gum, will be sanctioned in line with the Academy’s behaviour policy. Permanent markers Energy drinks