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Being able to understand and communicate in a language other than English is becoming increasingly more valuable in today’s ever changing world.  In addition to being useful for holidays and travel, the ability to speak another language also has positive benefits in the world of work.   Having a language as a qualification will stand out to potential employers in the UK, across Europe or worldwide.  Language learning will also bring with it a vast and valuable skill set and can unlock the key to other cultures.


Learning a foreign language does not come without hard work and commitment but it is something that you will continue to develop and grow throughout your life.  Language learning is a skill that will stay with you forever. 


Over the course of the GCSE, students will study the following topics:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment


Assessment will take place at the end of the GCSE course and students will be assessed in the following skills:

Unit 1:  Listening (25%) 

Unit 2:  Speaking (25%)

Unit 3:  Reading   (25%)

Unit 4: Writing     (25%)


Students will be entered for either foundation or higher papers. This decision will be made in conjunction with the teacher.


The listening, reading and writing papers will be exam based. 

The speaking assessment will be carried out by your child’s French teacher.


GCSE Results 2018

  • 9-4 81%
  • 9-7 59.5%

GCSE revision tips, useful websites and resources can be found here.



French is taught from Year 7 in mixed ability classes for six lessons per fortnight.  At the end of Year 7 we offer approximately 50% of students the chance to study a second language in Year 8, depending on their progress and attainment in their first year. The second language offered will depend on staffing and timetable.  Students who study two languages receive 3 lessons in each of their languages.  Students who continue to study one language receive six lessons in that language per fortnight.  Every student studies a foreign language until the end of Year 9.

Throughout our teaching, we introduce students to the cultural aspect of the different countries, teaching customs, traditions and the typical foods and drinks of the country and its regions.  Annual events include The European Day of Languages for Year 7 and we have also established links with the University of Southampton and our students attend the Year 8 Able Linguist Day in the summer term.

French Teaching Staff 2018-19

  • Mrs Y Hallett – Subject Leader: French
  • Mr P Leggatt – Academic Leader: Modern Foreign Languages
  • Mrs M McMillan
  • Miss N Wilson
  • Mrs R Cox

The Henry Beaufort School has strong international links and many partnerships worldwide. See our International Links page for more information.

See our French Scheme of Work overview which has been uploaded below.



Numeracy and Literacy in Modern Foreign Languages

Literacy comes at the forefront of teaching within MFL.  Students learn to write, speak and read in the foreign language(s) that they study.  As well as learning the fundamental grammatical structures and vocabulary that underpin each language, students are encouraged to develop their work so that they can understand longer passages of text, express opinions both orally and in writing and to be able to talk about a range of topics in both written and oral form.  Students are regularly tested on spelling and grammar which, in turn, helps them to use the language independently and more confidently.

Numeracy in MFL is taught across a range of topics including numbers, dates (birthdays), shopping (clothes, and food), weights, measures and telling the time.


Prevent Duties and British values in modern Foreign Languages

Within the MFL department at The Henry Beaufort School we actively promote the key values of mutual respect, democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.  Within MFL lessons we aim to create a safe and trustworthy environment in which every student feels comfortable to learn about, debate and reflect on the countries where the language they study are spoken.  Students are encouraged to appreciate the need for tolerance and injustice throughout the world and, in turn, develop an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.  As well as studying the culture and customs of these countries, our students also come to understand and value the rule of law and their democratic systems.


SMSC in Modern Foreign Languages


SMSC is an integral part of the MFL curriculum and it lends itself to all aspects through the following topics:

Spiritual: Customs and festivals, personal identification and family,

Moral: Healthy Living, food, drugs, smoking, alcohol, family and relationships, the environment.

Social: Customs and festivals, extra-curricular provision: clinics, University of Southampton Able Linguist Day, Year 10 A Level taster at Peter Symonds, Visit to Berlin (Enrichment Week)

Cultural: Customs, festivals, school, food, hobbies, free time and leisure; visit to Berlin (Enrichment Week)

As well as covering SMSC through these topics, students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on the differences and similarities between the UK and the countries of the languages they study.