Modern Languages

At St. Martin’s, students are instilled with a deep appreciation for studying languages, beginning with French in Nursery and progressing to Spanish in Year 7. With the aid of apps, games, and websites, students can continue to explore different languages and their corresponding cultures. Learning about these cultures is a fundamental aspect of the educational experience, encouraging students to respect and appreciate different customs and traditions. Students engage in both individual and collaborative work, utilising self and peer assessment criteria. The curriculum is further enriched with exciting activities and trips to enhance students’ knowledge and language-learning journey. Past trips have included a residential trip to Provence in collaboration with the Classics department, providing an unforgettable experience for students.


Latin is a vital tool for understanding English and Romance languages, and at St Martin’s School, it’s taught as a core subject. By studying the origin of many English vocabulary words, students gain a better understanding of how language works and are better equipped to learn new words. Learning Latin also teaches valuable critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and logical reasoning, which are essential for success in all areas of life.

In addition to these practical benefits, studying Latin offers a deeper understanding of grammatical principles and the relationship between Latin and other European languages. Far from being a dead language, Latin is a living part of our language today. To make sure students get the full benefits of studying Latin, it’s taught to all boys from Year 5 onwards in a lively and engaging format.

The Latin department organises an annual residential trip in conjunction with modern languages, providing students with the chance to explore the historical and cultural context of the language they are studying. Through these experiences, students develop a greater appreciation for the richness and complexity of language and its role in shaping our world.

"A person with no knowledge of the Classical world will be forever a shy guest at the feast of the world's culture."
James Joyce