We aim to develop students’ confidence to use language to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally. We also aim to provide opportunities to use language for real purposes and to develop students’ understanding and experience of life in other cultures through trips abroad and visiting theatre companies.
We offer students the opportunity to either study French, Gujarati or Spanish.
In Year 7, all students follow a short course in each of these languages and then choose the one they want to study until the end of Year 11. Approximately 50% of our students will continue to study their chosen language to GCSE.
In addition, we offer Additional English lessons for students who need to improve their English skills. Many of these students finish their studies at the end of Year 8, but some continue into Key Stage 4 and complete formal qualifications at the end of the course.
Students are taught in set groups for French and Spanish and in mixed ability groups for Gujarati and EFL. Students have four lessons per week in Year 7, three lessons per week in Year 8 and Year 9 and two lessons per week in Year 10 and 11. We do not follow a textbook but produce our own resources, which means that we can use a range of resources and activities that challenge our students and ensure that they make good progress.
In Key Stage 4, students follow the Eduqas course for French and Spanish, OCR for Gujarati and Pearson Functional Skills for Additional English.
Students’ progress is regularly assessed through classwork, homework and formal exams. Homework is set fortnightly in Key Stage 3 and weekly in Key Stage 4. Tasks may include learning activities or written activities. In addition, students will be expected to spend time every week completing online vocabulary learning tasks which may be assessed through testing.
Students’ learning will be assessed formally once per term when they will have a test in each of the four language skills. There will also be a school exam at the end of the year.
Students in Key Stage 3 are provided with vocabulary books that contain the minimum vocabulary that they need to learn for each module. They are expected to bring this resource to every lesson. In addition, the school subscribes to a number of learning websites such as Linguascope and à tantot and students will be provided with details for accessing these along with lists of other websites that will support them in their learning.