Moor End is an academy converter and converted to an academy as an 'outstanding school' in August 2011. Before this the academy was a technology college for over ten years, and this grounding in technology still forms a strong part of curriculum and student experience.
Moor End Academy is a fantastic place to work! The Modern Foreign Languages Department is growing rapidly and results in Key Stage 4 have been consistently high over a number of years. The faculty is well supported and the quality of teaching is consistently high, with staff showing a real passion for the subject. The staff within the department believe that students learn best when they enjoy their lessons; students should have a purpose to learning and feel that they are doing something real and meaningful, with the aim of developing successful learners, confident individuals and global citizens. The current Key Stage 3 curriculum has been in place for a number of years, and has offered German or French. However, the department is forward thinking and acknowledges that global markets are becoming more diverse. As a result, from September 2017 onwards, Spanish will be integrated into the curriculum, alongside French.
In addition, we fully support and develop the home languages of some of our KS4 students; last year, we had GCSE Polish, Urdu and Arabic entries! The Academy is accredited by the Edward de Bono Foundation as an official Centre for Creative and Critical Thinking and these skills are at the centre of our teaching. Students love languages and they respond positively to our imaginative and stimulating approach. At KS3 (taught in Years 7 and 8) students build up their linguistic skills from the very first lesson and topics taught include Extreme Sports, Gothic Horror, Theme Parks, Solar System, Spies and Secret Agents and Fashion. Enrichment is vast and wide ranging. Visits to France and Germany taking place each year for KS3 and KS4. In 2017, trips included a Year 8 trip to the Rhineland in July, a Years 9 and 10 trip to Berlin in November and a Year 7 trip to France in December. Further, we have an excellent relationship with Leeds University and have many joint activities which promote and foster a lifelong love of languages.
Last year saw our Yr11 French linguists attending a French play at Leeds University! As a subject we work hard to produce engaging, exciting lessons that will give our students the best possible chances for the future. We believe that there should be a purpose to learning; students should feel that they are doing something real and meaningful, with the aim of developing successful learners, confident individuals and global citizens.