Our mission is to help students maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and to understand their cultures, attitudes and customs, thereby developing the whole child. By teaching a modern foreign language, we contribute to the student’s cultural education and their understanding of British values. They learn that many societies are multi-lingual. We teach them about festivals and customs related to the countries in which the language is spoken. 

A different language is a different vision of life

In MFL we believe in developing communicative skills and encouraging intercultural knowledge and understanding.  We hope to open students’ minds to different cultures and to nurture a lifelong passion for language learning.Learning a foreign language at JWA will enable you to;

  • Fall in love with the subject.
  • Learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.
  • Travel to new places around the world.
  • Meet new people and discover new cultures.
  • Stand out from the crowd.
  • Understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.
  • Have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.
  • Increase your brain capacity and have better memory too.
  • It's an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you'll have better options for your future!

MFL Curriculum Intent

Subject Area:


Head of Subject:

Ms Shah

Subject Director:

Teaching staff:

Mrs E Gelder: Director of MFL Delta Academies Trust 

Ms Glaves

Yr 11 Course Title

GCSE French

KS4 (Years 10 & 11) Exam Board and Course Number

AQA GCSE French 8658

Coursework and Exam Percentages

Paper 1: Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE 

Paper 2: Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

• Non-exam assessment

• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

• 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE 

Paper 3: Reading

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE 

Paper 4: Writing

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

• 25% of GCSE 

KS4 (Years 10 & 11)Course Details:

KS3 (Years 7-9)




Students study French throughout years 7,8 and 9. French lessons allow the students to work in all 4 skill areas using a variety of engaging activities. Numerous topics are covered, enabling students to communicate at a personal level as well as being given more creative opportunities. 

The AQA GCSE course places equal emphasis on reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Students study 3 key areas:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

The content of the GCSE course is much more interesting and relevant for today’s teenagers. 

KS3 (Years 7-9)Course Overview

Throughout Key Stage 3, we aim to build on the language skills that students have learnt throughout Key Stage 2. Students in year 7 study French. We develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills together actively promoting cultural awareness and British values. We use a wide variety of authentic resources, including video and podcasts, together with linguascope online resources to support student learning. We currently use ‘Allez 1 & 2' in years 7, 8 and 9.

KS3 Course Details

Year 7-9

Reading skills, phonics, all about me, healthy lifestyles, media, school life, projects. Ongoing focus on grammar, independance in learning, group-work and presentations.

Click here to see how we celebrated the most recent European Day of Languages

Click here to see more information about our French Mania events

Click here to see more information about our recent French cinema event

Click here to see more information on Language Nut 

Click here to see more information on our work with the Brilliant Club

Click here to learn how to say hello in different European languages