French is a major world language, being the mother tongue of 119 million people in 30 different countries and spoken by 264 million people worldwide.  Together with English, French is the only other language spoken on every continent.   At Gravesend Grammar School, the French Department aims to provide opportunities to develop cultural awareness through use of the language websites we subscribe to, provision of French clinics with native speakers, cultural links with schools in France, and visits to France.

Key Stage 3 French

The KS3 French course aims to build confidence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translation skills, and in forming grammatical structures; independent use of resources is encouraged. The course also focuses on increasing cultural awareness.

Key Stage 4 French

The KS4 French course will develop the use of transferable skills learned during language lessons in the lower school.

Key themes for the new French GCSE with AQA are Theme 1: Identify and Culture; Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.

Looking to the future, post-GCSE, it is worth considering French was the most popular language picked by 50% of businesses responding to a survey (Confederation of British Industry) in which languages were most considered beneficial to their business.

Key Stage 5 French

Studying French at A’ level is likely to give you the edge over a similar applicant without a linguistic background wishing to enter university or gain employment.  French, as with other modern and classical languages, is viewed as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group of universities.

The A’ level course builds on key transferable skills required by top universities and employers alike, enhancing linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility, developing critical and analytical thinking, and the ability to research independently.

An ideal course for students with a genuine interest in French culture, language and literature, particularly avid readers, and those with the willingness and commitment to go beyond the course requirements by using multi-media such as radio, TV, film and the internet.


Key Stage 3 Spanish

Key Stage 3 Spanish gives you the opportunity to develop your confidence in speaking Spanish that you can use in real-life situations.  You will cover a range of different topics to prepare you for Key Stage 4, and cover grammatical and linguistic concepts that will form the basis of your languages students and to enable you to communicate with millions of people from all over the planet.

Key Stage 4 Spanish

Our teaching aims to give students the means to acquire linguistic competence as well as an understanding of Spanish and Hispanic culture.  Students are taught to communicate and interact effectively in speech and in writing and to read for a variety of purposes across a range of specified texts, including identity, culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest, plus current and future study and employment.  Emphasis is placed on the development and effective application of grammar and vocabulary.  Pupils are also taught to develop effective communication strategies as part of the teaching and learning process, which will greatly increase their ability to cope successfully with unfamiliar vocabulary and situations.  Increasingly, students will apply previously learnt language structures in different contexts and will become increasingly adept at manipulating the language themselves, providing a solid basis for further study and practical use of Spanish. Students in Year 9 will have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit to the Costa Brava to visit famous architectural sites in Barcelona such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral and smaller towns in the area, such as Girona and Figueres.

Key Stage 5 Spanish

With 329 million native speakers, Spanish is a truly global language.  Spanish ‘A’ level offers students the opportunity to develop a greater knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, including current affairs, controversial and contemporary topics such as bull-fighting, religion and historical memory.  Students will also have the opportunity to study Spanish films and literature as part of the course.  Spanish at ‘A’ level also offers students a practical skill they can use in a future career.