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Curriculum intent

As well as developing students’ life-long linguistic skills, learning of Modern Foreign Languages is instrumental in broadening students’ understanding both of the world and of different cultures across the world.

Through learning languages pupils become tolerant, unprejudiced global citizens who champion diversity and know the value of communication. After all, language learning leads to liberation from insularity.

As pupils embark on their secondary school journey it is an exciting time to build on their prior experience of language learning, encouraging those new to languages and embracing our dual linguists, challenging them all to achieve beyond their own expectations.

All students will use the skills and understanding they acquire in language lessons, both in their future careers and in their everyday lives, having acquired the lifelong skills to become resilient, determined and enthusiastic linguists.


In the Department of Modern Foreign Languages we use the Key Stage 3 French course Allez!. Details can be found at the following link: Allez!

The KS3 German course we follow is called Echt! and details can be found at this link: Echt!


At Key Stage 4 all students follow the AQA GCSE specification for Modern Languages. Learners are able to study French, German or both languages to GCSE level.

For both French and German, we use AQA-approved textbooks and a range of additional materials in order to provide all our students with excellent language learning opportunities.

Student will be assesses in the four traditional skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – at the end of Year 11.

More information can be found on the AQA website


In Key Stage 5 we offer students the opportunity to study French or German A Level. As part of the course, students study a range of aspects of French or German culture (ranging from current social issues and trends such as family life and changes in family structures, to the study of artistic culture as reflected for example, in film, literature, architecture and festivals)

Students study A Level Languages using the AQA specification and a range of additional related online and paper-based resources. In addition, students access a wide range of authentic resources drawn from national newspapers, websites and French or German media as appropriate.

More information can be found on the AQA website