Faculty Staff and roles
Ms F Lagrange: Director of Learning – International Coordinator
Mrs R Hallett: Teacher of Spanish and French
“Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another's language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them”.
(Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word)
The ability to communicate in a foreign language is becoming more and more important; therefore it is our responsibility to give our pupils the necessary language skills to enable them to be highly employable and become global citizens. We also believe that studying a foreign language helps pupils to become more aware of their own language; as a consequence, their literacy and communication skills in English also improve. Our lessons use a wide variety of activities covering the 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
At KS4, we follow the Edexcel SoW. For current Y11, there are four Controlled Assessments (2 Speaking, 2 Writing): Total 60% and two terminal Exams (Reading and Understanding, Listening and Understanding): Total 40%. Further information about the content of the course can be found on the Edexcel website.
For new Y10, with the new Curriculum being implemented, the new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G, and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set and marked by Edexcel.
Compulsory topics will be linked to identity and culture; local, national international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment.
Papers will be tiered, with 25% assessment weightings per skill.
Papers will include:
Further information can be found on http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/french-2016.html.
Every year, we offer residential visits to France, as well as Spain, as we believe that these experiences enrich the students’ learning and also develop their cultural awareness of the countries.