Language specialism

    As a Specialist Language College our mission statement is:


  • to continue our work as a centre of excellence in North Devon, providing support and encouragement for learners of all ages to develop their language skills.

  • to broaden and expand the teaching of modern languages by exploring innovative and creative strategies which enable learners of all abilities to maximise their potential.

  • to ensure a seamless transition in language learning from primary level (KS2) through to tertiary level (KS5) by working closely with feeder primary schools and post 16 partners.

  • to broaden the horizons of our students by breaking down the rural isolation of North Devon and encouraging international communication through an extensive programme of exchanges and overseas visits.

  • to provide a welcoming environment for visiting overseas teachers and students and enable them to experience the curriculum in an outward looking, international setting.


The school is a Specialist Language College which has enhanced the already excellent teaching in this curriculum area.  More importantly, it has allowed the school to engage in activities such as student visits and teacher/student exchanges which provide an international dimension across the curriculum, thereby raising students' aspirations and  horizons. 


After more than ten years with Specialist College status, the impact of our work as a Language College is clearly evident across the school and the community we serve. We work closely with our primary and tertiary partners, as well as with a number of community organisations.

Feedback from former students indicates that significant numbers are choosing to study a foreign language post 16 and to include a year studying abroad as part of a university degree.