Dr. M. Beirne (Head of Department)
Mrs L. Clarke
Mr P. Kane
Ms O. Mezza
Ms A. McGowan
Mrs J. Mulholland
Mr. Philippe Fretigny (Language Assistant)
Key Stage 3
Pupils have the opportunity to start their study of French in Year 8. All students have a free choice of 2 languages to study from years 8-10. Pupils in years 8-10 will have three periods of French per week. In these classes most of the time is spent developing the pupils’ confidence and ability to speak the language. A lively colourful textbook is used and the course offers ample opportunity for listening, speaking, reading and writing plus IT activities.
Key Stage 4
In year 11 pupils may choose to continue their study of French as a single language option or along with a second modern language. In years 11 and 12, the GCSE syllabus followed is that of the English board AQA.
Students may elect to study French at AS or A level. The syllabus chosen by the French Department is CCEA. The aim of this course is to develop the skills acquired in the first five years and to enable students to speak and write fluently in French and to perfect their comprehension skills. The Department’s aim is to stimulate the pupils’ awareness of and deepen their interest in French civilisation and culture. Pupils are encouraged to read extensively from the wide range of materials available in the school library.