The Modern Foreign Languages Department has 2 members of staff.  Mrs Renshaw is a long standing member of the Modern Foreign Languages Department and teaches both French and German.  Miss McKenna has recently joined the department and teaches French.

Years 7 and 8  students are put into classes according to their ability.  All students study French in Year 7 and 8.  Students are taught a broad range of topics and grammar via a variety of teaching and learning styles.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) students choose to study a language to GCSE.  Language results have been very good over the last few years and continue to improve.

Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Year 7 and 8?

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the language you are studying. There will be various themes covered including some of the following;

  • Yourself and others
  • Family and Pets
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Your town and holidays
  • Food

Within these themes you will consolidate your language skills and use them to speak and write about a variety of issues that are related to your experiences and interests.

How will I learn?

By LISTENING and responding to spoken French.

By SPEAKING in French.

By READING and understanding authentic texts (stories, letters, articles etc) and use of the internet.

By WRITING in the target language to communicate your ideas and opinions.

By using a dictionary.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • AS/A level.
  • University degree (can be combined with other subjects).
  • Many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are useful in today’s international business world.
  • Here are other jobs where languages can be important:

Accountant                           Interpreting                           Teaching

Secretary/PA                        Translation                            Soldier

Journalist                              Air Hostess/Steward           Engineer

Marketing Manager            Tourist Guide                        Solicitor Travel

Agent                                      IT technician                         Doctor

Nurse                                      Coach Driver                         Police

Games Designer                   Holiday Rep                          Customs

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the language gained in KS3 to explore the themes of:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension

Within these themes you will consolidate you language skills and use them to speak and write about a variety of issues that are related to your experiences and interests.

How will I learn?

By LISTENING and responding to spoken French/German.

By SPEAKING in French/German.

By READING and understanding authentic texts (stories, letters, articles etc) and use of the internet.

By WRITING in the target language to communicate your ideas and opinions.

By using a dictionary.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

This subject involves a great deal of commitment with regard to learning chunks of language off by heart for controlled assessments for writing and taking part in lots of speaking activities. You must be prepared to speak in the target language in all lessons and at length for the controlled examination parts.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • AS/A level.
  • University degree (can be combined with other subjects).
  • Many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are useful in today’s international business world.
  • Here are other jobs where languages can be important:

Accountant                           Interpreting                           Teaching

Secretary/PA                        Translation                            Soldier

Journalist                              Air Hostess/Steward           Engineer

Marketing Manager            Tourist Guide                        Solicitor Travel

Agent                                      IT technician                         Doctor

Nurse                                      Coach Driver                         Police

Games Designer                   Holiday Rep                          Customs