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Key Staff

  • Mrs J Weston - Head of Department & EVC Lead
  • Miss B Anderson - Acting Head of Department
  • Mr L Debuire - 3rd in Department & International Education Co-Ordinator
  • Mr A Collot
  • Mrs K Leach - Educational Visits Co-Ordinator
  • Mr D Else
  • Miss A Garcia
  • Ms S Bean (Mandarin)

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

Languages Milestone Assessment Schedule 2022/23

KS3 Course Information
Pupils study either French, Spanish or Mandarin in Year 7 and 8.  Teaching and learning are carried out using the 'immersion' method, where students are trained to communicate solely in the foreign language.  In Year 8 and Year 9 students study French, Spanish or German as a second language. 

The topics studied at KS3 are Family, Home, School, Leisure activities, In and around town, Food and Drink, Body parts and Illnesses, Holidays, Environment and Daily routine. 

PDF icon Click here for a list of useful exam websites

KS3 Exam Information
At the end of every half-term pupils sit Milestone Assessments and are assessed on two of the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) in their first language, and assessed on one skill in their second language. 

KS3 Expectations
Students are expected to be enthusiastic, engaged and converse only in the target language. Very quick progress is made through the immersion method.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - Years 10 and 11

KS4 Course Information
Every pupil studies at least one language at Key Stage 4.  If pupils select their second language as an option, they study two languages.

The themes studied at KS4 are: 

Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 School and College Term 1 Careers and Future Plans
Term 2 Customs and Festivals Term 2 Social Issues
Term 3 Free Time Activities Term 3 The Environment
Term 4 House and Home Term 4 Revision 
Term 5 Holidays Term 5 & 6 Examinations
Term 6 Mock exams

KS4 Exam Information
There are 4 exams, each worth 25% of the final grade: listening, reading, writing and speaking. 

KS4 Expectations
Students are expected to apply themselves and work hard from day 1 as teachers will continue to apply immersion principles as in KS3.

Key Stage 5 (A Level) - Years 12 and 13 

Click Here for Sixth form course guide for French

Click Here for Sixth form course guide for German

Click Here for Sixth form course guide for Spanish


Useful Website Kerboodle, Quizlet, and Memrise

Languages trips

Year 7 Boulogne (FR) & Bilbao (Sp) Year 8 Cologne (Ge) & China Town
Year 8/9 Rosas (Sp) Year 9 Black Forest (Ge) and Paris (Fr)
Yr 10/11 Malaga (Sp/Art) Yr 10/13 Berlin (Ge/History)


Last Updated March 2023