Four years ago Kings Norton Girls' School became a specialist language college and hasn't looked back since.
All 900 pupils take at least one language at GCSE and 40 per cent take two. Every student in Year Seven to 11 takes two languages.
Associate head Angela Adams said the focus on languages had brought tremendous benefit to pupils.
"We had a very strong team of teachers in language and the school is a high performing school anyway," she said.
"Becoming a language college has brought added value to the rest of the school because it has created this feeling that students can perform well in the subject and that has a knock-on effect." That pupils are performing well at languages at the school cannot be in doubt. Last year 95 per cent gained a top A* to C grade in GCSE French.
Ms Adams believes good language qualifications set pupils up well for the future.
"When you think about what Tony Blair talks about us being part of the European community, it is important," she said.
"We talk to our students about getting the top jobs which, if you are to get, you need languages. It raises their aspirations."
Ms Adams has little time for those who question the vocational value of studying a language.