French

The Course and the Department

All students study French from Year 7 through to Edexcel GCSE. Setting is applied in Years 9-11. Students enjoy success in GCSE results, and French is a popular course for many students at Edexcel AS and A2 level. The experienced teaching staff includes native speakers and lessons are usually taught in French. Grammar is also rigorously tested and as a result, students by A level are able to speak and write with flair, fluency and maturity and have excellent comprehension. The Department has extensive resources, including textbooks, magazines, subscriptions to useful language websites, Interactive Whiteboards and other audio-visual equipment.

Various events happen throughout the year, such as trips, exchanges, 6th-form conferences, theatre, cinema and a Bastille Day celebration. Year 7 students visit northern France for a day in June, and Year 9 spend 3 days in Paris in July. Sixth-formers are given the opportunity to take part in an exchange with a school in Geneva, where they visit, among other things, the UN offices. Students are also welcome on the water sports adventure holidays in the south of France which run every other year during the summer.

Why Learn French?

Learning French is a rewarding experience for our students. It helps to train them in important academic disciplines and improves their grammatical knowledge as well as their listening and oral skills. The Course and the Department “Ici, on parle français!” Various events happen throughout the year, such as trips, exchanges, 6th-form conferences, theatre, cinema and a Bastille Day celebration. Year 7 students visit northern France for a day in June, and Year 9 spend 3 days in Paris in July. Sixth-formers are given the opportunity to take part in an exchange with a school in Geneva, where they visit, among other things, the UN offices. Students are also welcome on the water sports adventure holidays in the south of France which run every other year during the summer. Language skills are increasingly in demand in the workplace, and good GCSE and A Level grades in foreign languages are highly regarded when applying for jobs and university entrance. Students also gain a wider appreciation of other cultures, as well as a useful tool for travel abroad.