Mr Russell Pearce (Head of Department)
Mrs C Solentini Subject Head – Spanish (Maternity Leave)
Mrs C Ascough French & Spanish
Mrs P Bryant French
Mrs V Loxley French & Spanish (Acting Head of Spanish
Mr D Richards French
Miss E Waring French & Spanish
Ms C Surridge French
Modern Foreign Languages are taught in four well-equipped classrooms using the media of interactive whiteboards, media player and software featuring cutting edge learning resources. Use of web-based material is well employed across the department. The French Textbooks in all years and the Spanish KS4 books are all fully interactive and accessed at home via the school website.
Languages taught are French and Spanish
Key Stage 3
All students begin in Year 7 with French. Classes are taught in tutor groups initially and then in sets from Year 8. The Department has invested in a course for Year 7 which allows pupils who have not had KS2 teaching to catch up whilst consolidating, revising and building on the experience of those who have. In Year 8 students must make their option choices. As well as French, Spanish is also offered as an option to the majority of students and they may also choose to study both languages. At the present time, over 80% of students choose to continue to GCSE with at least one language.
Key Stage 4
Students in both languages follow the AQA GCSE Syllabus undertaking Controlled Assessment tasks in Years 10 and 11 and a final examination in Listening and Reading in Year 11. Students are entered for each skill at either Foundation or Higher level according to their ability.
Beyond the classroom, the Languages Department organises trips abroad every year. Currently there is a week long study visit to Salamanca in Spain for Year 10. We hope to set up a further study visit for KS4 French, to Luchon in southern France in the near future.
Key Stage 5
Both languages follow the AQA Specification at AS and A2 Level. Full details can be found in the Student Handbooks downloadable here – Year 12 – Year 13. The course structure, topics and examination structures are identical for both languages. The cultural topics studied at A2 level will vary according to set. They may be a film, book, period of history or a region.
There is a study visit to Salamanca in Spain and the opportunity to participate in a two week Work Experience visit to Annemasse in France – both of these are in Year 12.
It is not necessary for parents to have learnt a language in order to help their child progress in this subject. We very much appreciate support in helping to learn vocabulary and checking that homework is completed on time. Our purchase of web based coursebooks has been, in part, informed by the importance of parents feeling able to support their child’s learrning. Your child’s teacher will be pleased to inform you of any other way that you can help him/her to maximise his/her potential.
As much Language work involves Listening, Speaking and Reading – Homework will come in a variety of forms. listening, learning and reading as well as written in exercise books. In KS4 homework will often involve important learning for the Controlled Assessment pieces.