French

Staffing

The department is staffed with two experienced, committed and enthusiastic French teachers, both native French speakers.

Courses

In Year 7, students have two lessons of French each week for either the first or the second half of the school year, alternating with Spanish. The French department uses the Accès Studio course, which caters for students across the ability range. At the end of Year 7, students opt to study either French or Spanish, which they continue to study in Year 8 and Year 9.

At Key Stage 4, students who choose to study French for GCSE follow the AQA syllabus. At Key Stage 5, students taking A-Level French follow the AQA A-Level syllabus.

We have a long history of excellent exam results. Our GCSE and A-Level pass rate have consistently been 100% A*-C, and around 50% A*-A for GCSE, over the past few years. Our value added is consistently amongst the best in the school.

Organisation and Methods of Assessment

The assessment of students forms an important aspect of the department’s work. Each student’s progress is closely monitored by assessment tests after each unit of teaching. Student progress is closely monitored against individual targets and formal records are kept in accordance with school policy. Effective early intervention strategies are used where student achievement is falling below expectations.

Resources

The department is well stocked with texts, worksheets and other teaching materials, including computer and multimedia resources. The French department’s resources are designed to support the students to strengthen the skills they need, such as translation and understanding authentic and literary texts, and help them understand what is expected of them in the new GCSE (9-1) assessments.

Other resources available include electronic whiteboards in each classroom, and a class set of wireless laptops. There is a wide range of software installed on the school network, including Boardworks for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level students.

Extra-curricular Activities

The department offers the Cambridge Latin Course (Levels 1, 2 and 3) after school to support and extend Gifted and Talented pupils. The course is always very popular amongst students of all Key Stages. All assessments are certificated by the University of Cambridge.

The French department runs a very successful Year 10 cultural and educational trip to Paris for students studying French at GCSE. The trip is also open to the rest of the year group and is of particular interest to students studying GCSE Art.