Key Stage Three: Years 7 – 9
All Year 7 and 8 students have two language lessons per week. One of French and one of Spanish. We follow the ALLEZ! Course for French and the Claro Course for Spanish both provided by OUP. All Year 9 students also have one lesson of French and one of Spanish each week. They also follow the Claro Course for Spanish and with increased content at GCSE we begin an introduction to some of the AQA GCSE content for French for Year 9 students.
We aim to offer a summer day-trip to northern France each year for Year 7- Lille, St Omer or Dunkerque linked with the History department to revisit the battle of Dunkirk. Year 8 students have an opportunity to visit the Christmas markets of either Lille or Arras in December. Year 9 students who are opting for French at GCSE will also get the opportunity to join the Year 10 residential trip to Paris.
Key Stage Four: Years 10 - 11
We continue working towards GCSE French in Year 10. Students who continue with their language studies into Year 11 work towards AQA GCSE French. The course is examined at the end of Year 11 in four separate examinations: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students of French have three timetabled lessons per week.
The highlight of the course is our residential and over-subscribed Year 10 trip to Paris in July, where students take in the sights and sounds of the best the French capital has to offer.
Key Stage Five: Years 12-13
Our post-16 linguists study towards the AQA A-level qualification, which allows students flexibility and the freedom to choose the content of some of their course. The course is demanding and requires a substantial commitment to independent study but students will enjoy examining both classic and contemporary French film and literature.