In Year 7 students take either French or German on four periods per fortnight, which enables them to gain a good grasp of the basics. In Year 8 all students continue with their Year 7 language and the majority add a second from French, German and Spanish and in Year 9 all students continue with at least one language on four periods and some continue with both. In the latter case students receive four lessons of their second foreign language and two lessons of their first.

At KS4 a foreign language is an option, although where students are deemed capable of achieving at least GCSE grade 4 they are strongly encouraged to take a language and can take two if they wish. For the GCSE course students receive five periods per fortnight in both years 10 and 11.   

In the Sixth Form we run relatively small classes at A level and currently have courses in French, German and Spanish.

For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Year 7

French and German - Year 7 students begin their National Curriculum study of one of these languages in mixed ability groups. They cover a number of topics during the year including personal identification and home. Grammatical structures are taught formally within the context of these topics. Lessons contain a wide variety of activities, including the use of IT to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

Year 8

Students continue their study of French or German and the majority add a second foreign language from Spanish and whichever of French or German they did not study in Year 7. These students receive three periods per fortnight for each language, so six periods of MFL in total. Lessons build on prior learning to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and embed grammatical understanding.      

Students who find languages a little more challenging do not start a second language, so receive six periods per fortnight in their Year 7 language. They cover the same content, but the class moves more slowly and may make greater use of IT.

A small group of students with weak literacy skills follow a course in Holiday Spanish on three periods per fortnight and also receive three periods of extra English.

Year 9


In Year 9 students continue their National Curriculum studies of MFL in mixed-ability groups of students who have had three and six periods in Year 8. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing through topics such as travelling, holidays and free time. Grammar is formally taught and reinforced through these topic areas. Lessons contain a wide variety of activities, to present new language and develop linguistic and cultural awareness.

Students who wish to take two languages are taught their Year 7 language in an express group on two periods per fortnight and cover the same content as the other groups.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

Year 10
The year starts with some revision of the ‘basics’ covered at KS3, before moving onto the GCSE theme of ‘Identity and Culture’. Students are assessed and their progress tracked at the end of each teaching unit as they develop their skills and confidence in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Much emphasis is placed on the teaching of grammar to prepare students for the rigours of GCSE assessment in each skill at the end of year 11. Students have the opportunity to take part in the exchange programme where they host and visit students in our partner schools inn France, Germany and Spain.

Year 11
Students continue their study of the GCSE theme ‘‘Local, national, international and global areas of interest’ before moving on to the final theme of ‘Current and future study and employment’. They sit a mock examination in January before they take their real examinations in May/June.

Sixth Form

French / German / Spanish 

The first term of Year 12 is partly spent consolidating GCSE knowledge. Grammar is revised thoroughly so that students are well prepared to progress quickly. They  significantly broaden their vocabulary through study of the topic areas and regular testing. Much of each lesson is conducted in the target language and the students will get plenty of opportunity to practice speaking through pair work, group work and class debate. Students use authentic materials and access resources on the internet for research and individual study. Each fortnight there is an assessment period where students complete exam-style tasks under test conditions, providing valuable feedback for students and staff.  

For more information about this subject at KS5, please click here to view the relevant subject leaflet at the bottom of the page.