Head of Faculty: Mrs B Cross-Lees, French and Spanish (maternity leave)

Lead Practitioners:

Mrs N Chandler - German (part-time)

Mr S Johnson - French

Mrs A Higbee - Spanish (maternity cover)

Department Staff Teaching

  • Miss A Davidson - Spanish, French

  • Ms Y Klein (German) p/t

  • Ms M Flood-McCaw - Spanish, French

Language Assistants

  • J Lacina-Moser - German

  • S Elders - French

  • M Murphy - Spanish

Faculty Introduction:                      

  • All our students study two foreign languages out of French, German and Spanish on an equal basis in Key Stage 3. For the 2018 intake the two languages will be German and Spanish.

  • In Key Stage 4, all students choose at least one foreign language out of French, German and Spanish and it is possible to study two to GCSE level.

  • In the Sixth Form students can currently study French and Spanish to A level.

Key Stage 3:

  • The principal aim is to enable students to confidently enjoy a first contact with foreign languages.

  • The emphasis is on developing good spoken and listening skills and reinforcing these with accurate reading and writing skills.

  • We encourage dictionary and Internet research to develop independence.

  • We watch extracts from films, learn songs and act out scenes to encourage creativity.

  • We use a wide range of resources: Textbooks Echo Express (German), Studio (French) and Mira (Spanish); audio CDs; DVDs; Internet interactive language resources.

Key Stage 4

We continue to develop our students’ knowledge and skills in KS4 as stated above for KS3.

Aims: The study of one or more modern languages to GCSE level enables our students to gain:

  • an insight into another culture and lifestyle;

  • the skills to communicate with people from another country in their own language, whether as a tourist or in a working context;

  • the confidence to consider living or working elsewhere in the world;

  • a greater awareness of the multicultural nature of our own country;

  • an interest in the use of languages, their structure and meaning, and the importance of careful and effective communication;

Examination specification:

French        German      Spanish

Information on qualifications and standards:

  • All students then study a Core Language (3 year course) and can also opt to do a Second Language (2 year course) in KS4

  • All students will aim to do a full GCSE course (AQA Board)

  • Most of our students will choose to target GCSE Grade 6 or above.

Key Stage 5:


These are as for the GCSE courses, but in addition, the A level courses will enable our students to:

  • Gain a high degree of spoken and written competence in the foreign language, equipping them to study in a target language country;

  • Combine the language studied with a wide range of other subjects at university;

  • Develop friends and contacts abroad through our programme of visits and exchanges;

  • Benefit from a wide range of opportunities through guidance by individual staff.


French Spanish German

What will I learn?





Yr 12

Aspects of French-speaking Society

  • The changing nature of family

  • Cyber society

  • The place of voluntary work

Aspects of Hispanic Society

  • Modern and traditional values

  • Cyberspace

  • Equal Rights

Aspects of German-speaking Society

  • The changing state of the family

  • The digital world

  • Youth culture

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • cultural heritage

  • contemporary music

  • cinema- the 7th art form

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

  • modern day idols

  • Spanish regional identity

  • cultural heritage or cultural landscape

Artistic culture in the German speaking world

  • Festivals and Traditions

  • Art and Architecture

  • Cultural life in Berlin -past and present

Study of a film

‘Au revoir les enfants’

Study of a play

‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ by Frederico García Lorca

Study of a play

‘Der Besuch der alten Dame’ by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Yr 13

Current issues in French-speaking society

  • Positive features of a diverse society

  • Life for the marginalised

  • How criminals are treated

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration

  • Racism

  • Integration

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

  • Immigration

  • Integration

  • Racism

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?

  • Politics and immigration

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens

  • monarchies, republics and dictatorships

  • popular movements

Aspects of political life in the German speaking world

  • Germany and the European Union

  • Politics and youth

  • German re-unification and its consequences

Study of a novel

‘l’Etranger’ by Albert Camus

Study of a film

‘El Laberinto del Fauno’

Study of a film

‘Lola rennt’

Individual Research Project

Individual Research Project

Individual Research Project


How will I be assessed?

  • No more controlled assessments!

  • Natural conversation on topics we have studied

  • Listening test is under your control

  • Reading test follows on from the type of activities done at GCSE

  • Writing is in the form of essays on topics we have studied (about 300 words)


We offer many visits and exchanges so our students can put their learning into practice. We offer these visits in every Key Stage and aim to make them fun, valuable and affordable for everyone. See below for the visits we will be offering in 2017-18 with the approximate costs:


Year 8 (44 students)

Aachen, Germany


2 days

December 2017


Year 8

(G&T – 20 students)

UKC, Canterbury

World Languages Day

1 day

July 2018


Year 9-10

(25 students, on application)

French Exchange, Hazebrouck

Cross-curricular, French, History, Citizenship

6 days

March 2018


Year 9-11 (30 students on application)

German Exchange, Cologne

Cross curricular German, History, Citizenship

7 days Autumn 2017


Year 9-12

(30 students, on application)

Spanish Exchange, Madrid


Spanish, History, Citizenship

7 days

May 2018


Year 11-13 (20 students, on application)

Senior French Exchange, Hazebrouck

Cross-curricular, French, Sport

6 days March 2018



There are also extra-curricular opportunities in school!

  • Language Support Sessions (all, Tuesday lunchtimes)

  • Competitions

  • Oxbridge preparation (Year 12/13 Modern Linguists)