All students begin French in Year 7 using a modern, lively course which incorporates recorded as well as visual material supplemented by interactive, online activities. The course caters for complete beginners as well as those who have already learnt some French at primary school.
We provide a good grounding in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. All students have regular lessons in the ICT suite or in the new language facility and, from Year 11 onwards, they have regular conversation lessons with the French Assistant, either individually or in very small groups.
At AS and A2 students follow the AQA specification. The emphasis is on learning about modern French life, culture and institutions as well as continuing to build up linguistic skills. We encourage students to develop their skills through independent study and research and by borrowing from our extensive stock of films, books and magazines and using the interactive and online activities which form part of the course.
Above all we aim to encourage enjoyment and confidence in the use of the language both inside and outside the classroom. Students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to take part in the Exchange visit to Moulins, which is run jointly with the Boys' Division and, since 2005, Sixth Form students have undertaken work experience in France. We also run Film Evenings for Sixth Form students.