Mrs C Rogers (Head of Department), Mrs L Green, Miss K Bibby and Mr A Warburton. We also have a modern foreign languages teaching assistant, Miss M Kowalczyk.

Departmental Aims

At Bury CE High School, our aim is to encourage all pupils to strive for excellence in languages whilst at the same time instilling a passion for other cultures. French is a core subject in our school and German an optional second language at GCSE because we believe that all pupils should experience a global dimension to their learning, thus promoting differences and celebrating the diversity in our society, responding to the message of Christ to “love our neighbours as we love ourselves”.
We want to encourage a positive attitude to language learning through a breadth of activities, whether it will be through engaging lessons, our Languages Club or our trips to France and partnership programme with Collège-Lycée Sainte Marie.

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We aim to:

  • develop the ability to understand and use foreign languages effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • develop the ability to use and to understand language both imaginatively.
  • develop an understanding of the grammar of French and German.
  • offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities that speak French and German.
  • encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • develop pupils’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
  • promote skills, which have a wider application such as information technology, and learning skills (eg analysis, memorising, drawing inference).

Key Stage 3

Year 7 have 4 hours of French per fortnight and 2 hours of German per fortnight.

Year 8 also have 4 hours of French per fortnight and 2 hours of German per fortnight.

At the end of Year 8, pupils can choose to study German as an option from Year 9.

In Year 7 French, we study:

  • pronunciation
  • why we study languages
  • basic introductions and greetings
  • personal information using the verb ‘to be’
  • families
  • activities and verbs
  • school
  • home life
  • towns and directions
  • holiday plans and the future tense

In Year 8 French we have 2 hours per week. We study:

  • pronunciation
  • infinitives
  • routine
  • the past (perfect) tense
  • jobs
  • fashion and shopping

In Year 8 German we have 2 hours per fortnight and we study:

  • pronunciation
  • why we study German
  • basic introductions and greetings
  • personal information using the verb ‘to be’
  • families
  • activities and verbs
  • school
  • home life

In Year 9 German we have 2 hours per week.  We study:

  • towns
  • holidays and the future tense
  • the past tense
  • media
  • healthy lifestyle
  • daily routine

We begin the GCSE French course in year 9, taking 3 years to complete it by building grammar practise and comprehension.

Key Stage 4

In year 9, all pupils study French for 4 hours per fortnight.

If they have chosen German as an option, they also have 4 hours per fortnight.

Years 10 and 11 have 4 hours of French per fortnight.

Our exam board is Edexcel (follow this link for the new GCSE being examined in 2018).

As you may be aware, many of the GCSE syllabuses are changing but the examination is still split into the four skills:





The GCSE is designed to:

  • equip pupils with skills for working in the European and global economy
  • language skills
  • communication skills
  • perseverance and commitment
  • knowledge and understanding of other cultures

Y11 Intervention Sessions

Intervention sessions take place every Thursday after school from 3-35pm to 4.15pm.

In these sessions, we go over exam questions and techniques for listening and reading questions. We use Edexcel French GCSE Revision book (you can purchase it on Amazon here).

Extra Curricular Activities

We have a weekly Languages Club for Key Stage 3 (where we do French and we have also started Spanish and Polish!). We have food tastings, watch films, do drama, art and songs.

We also give every child in our school a chance to experience international movies creatively through an Into Film Club where we watch movies in foreign languages (we will also review and make movies ourselves!).

LADS Club – Every Friday lunch time we host the Bury Church LADS (Language Acquisition and Development Superstars) club. It’s an exciting chance to discover more about languages and the opportunities, benefits and fun they offer. The LADS club isn’t about homework or exams, it’s about finding out about culture, sports, business and entertainment that comes with a language.

We have a French exchange established with Collège Sainte-Marie in Riom, France, and also welcome older pupils from the school as part of an immersion programme.

Our annual Opal Coast trip for year 8 creates an opportunity to experience real French culture and practice language skills.

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We also have close links with Holy Cross Sixth Form College, and sometimes have their A level pupils visit us to help with speaking practice.

We have a trip to Berlin with the History Department for Year 11 pupils.

Future Developments

We are very keen to extend our partnership with our French partner school. As part of this, we are going to set up a regular Skype programme so that our pupils can communicate with their French counterparts on a regular basis.

As part of the International School Award scheme, we are hoping to further develop cross-curricular links with other subjects in school. We would also like to take our subject into local primary schools and establish long-lasting links based on a common love of languages.


In 2018, they were as follows:

French: 62.1% Grades 9-4, with 14.5% Grades 9-7

German: 80.0% Grades 9-4, with 40.0% Grades 9-7

Past lLanguages Events

European Bake off