In the French Department students of all ages get the chance to try something different – there is always an opportunity to learn something new. Students are encouraged to become inquisitive learners with a thirst for knowledge and exploration. Through the French language students discover a whole world of cultures, peoples and traditions. The MFL classroom is a rich stimulating environment where students learn how to communicate effectively and how to express themselves in a variety of creative ways.

Our language lab provides multiple opportunities for interactive learning where students are encouraged to use their new language skills to research and access new materials. Our top of the range language software allows students to self-assess and self-critique: turning them into reflective and successful learners.

Why learn a language?

  • ·  “Only 6 % of the global population are native English speakers.”
  • ·  “75 % of the world’s population speaks no English at all.”
  • ·  “77 % British exporters believe they lose business because they can’t speak other languages.”
  • ·  "72% UK international trade is with non-English-speaking countries.”

What does learning a language say about me?

  • ·  I am brave – many people think learning a new language is scary
  • ·  I am a good communicator – language learners practice excellent listening and    speaking skills
  • ·  I am open-minded – we discover, respect and enjoy new cultures
  • ·  I perform well under pressure – I know how to prepare for a speaking exam and how to stay focused even when i am nervous
  • ·  I know how to turn failure into a success - Language learners know that It is important to make mistakes - it is the best way to learn
  • ·  I am creative - I can express myself and my opinions in a variety of ways
  • ·  I am resilient, I never give up - Language learners know that some things take time, we know how to persevere to achieve our goals

French GCSE – AQA

Our GCSE French course offers students the chance to consolidate their knowledge of the French language and French culture. A GCSE in a modern foreign language opens many doors for students both in education and in the world of work.

By developing their reading and writing skills students gain a real grasp of grammatical structures and learn how to give and justify complex opinions. Furthermore, as students develop their speaking and listening skills they fine tune their communication skills –both in French and in their own language(s). These are just a few of the many transferable skills students gain by learning a language at GCSE level.


Students will be tested in the four skills of listening (20%), speaking (30%), reading (20%) and writing (30%).  The skills will be developed gradually as students study four units.

Students will complete two written controlled assessments and two oral controlled assessments. Reading and Listening skills will be assessed in an exam at the end of the school year.


Free Time and the Media

• Free time activities

• Shopping, money, fashion and trends

• Advantages and disadvantages of new technology


• Plans, preferences, experiences

• What to see and getting around

Home and Environment:

Home and Local Area

• Special occasions celebrated in the home

• Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like


• Current problems facing the planet

• Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

* All GCSE students are welcomed throughout the year to attend a  lunchtime French speaking club where they can practice speaking French in a friendly environment without the pressure of assessment.


French Year 9

In year 9 students build on the knowledge they have gained in years 7 and 8. They will develop their knowledge of various topics and vocabularies. They are encouraged to develop their opinions on various elements of francophone life and to draw parallels and comparisons with their own lives.

The curriculum is shaped around the key topics studied at GCSE level in order to provide a comfortable transition to the GCSE year. These include:

  • ·         Free Time and the Media
  • ·         Holidays
  • ·         Home and Local Area
  • ·         Environment