"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela

Studies show that studying languages can improve your memory, slow age-related decline in mental acuity, make you smarter, improve your critical thinking skills as you learn to view things through a different lens and stimulate creativity!

At Diss High we place a high emphasis upon Languages and the international dimension of the curriculum. We promote language learning at all ages and levels so that our students can communicate in the global society in which we live, and have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the range of cultures in the world today.

Knowledge of foreign languages is a significant asset in the job market as well as greatly enhancing travel and cultural understanding. Language lessons promote vital communication skills and encourage mental agility.


Currently every student studies Spanish in Year 7, with the majority of students going on to learn French as an additional Modern Language when they move into Year 8.

We use interactive whiteboards, games, songs and puzzles to encourage pupils to communicate effectively in the Modern Language from the outset of their learning, and to provide them with a variety of ways to learn the language. Topics studied include Personal Information, School, Hobbies, Pets, Food, Drink, Shopping and Holidays.

Students are also exposed to many aspects of culture through discussions and films, and are invited to take part in activities which promote their understanding of how different people live in today’s society. Students are assessed at regular intervals in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


The study of languages is compulsory for the vast majority of students at GCSE level and pupils will sit exams in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing at the end of Year 11 to gain their grade in French or Spanish at this level. We strive to provide innovative language teaching and are proud of the results that our students achieve.