Students can opt to study a GCSE in French and/or Spanish and will work on mastering the language through the study of topics such as Media and Culture, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism or Business, Work and Employment.  Edexcel ‘ActiveLearn’ is available for our students at KS4, which enables them to complete homework assignments and practice reading and listening at home.


We teach the Edexcel GCSE course, which is 60% controlled assessment (speaking and writing) and 40% exam (listening and reading).  Controlled assessment is developed in class through KS4, with the exam component being completed at the end of Year 11.  Students sit either a Foundation or Higher paper for listening and reading.

Supporting your Child

Parents can help with your language learning in many ways:

  • Vocabulary tests – ask them to check your spelling. Do you know what the words mean?
  • Speaking tests – can they listen to you as you memorize and practice your role play or presentation?
  • Looking for a family holiday? Lots of our students have been to France, Germany or Spain because they are studying that language.

In French, we follow the “Studio” French course in KS3, which comes with interactive practise tasks, available as “ActiveLearn”.  Parents are able to purchase this as an online subscription to support homework.  Parents can also support students at home by helping memorise new vocabulary learnt in lessons, checking understanding, spellings and use in a sentence. Homework is logged on Edmodo which can be checked at home.

In Spanish, we follow the “Mira Express” course in KS3 and workbooks are available to support and consolidate learning at home. Parents can support students at home by helping memorise new vocabulary learnt in lessons, checking understanding, spellings and use in a sentence. Parents can also access Edmodo to check and support students in completion of their homework.

At KS4, “ActiveLearn is available in all languages to support classwork through interactive, online exercises. Parents are encouraged to check coursework deadlines on the academy website and encourage regular vocabulary practise and completion of homework tasks. CGP revision books can be purchased through us which give students extra help with all four skill areas.

Head of Department: Mrs G Brainwood

Head of Department: Mrs G Brainwood

Email Mrs G Brainwood

Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of year 7 - Mrs J Tudor

Head of year 8 (KS3 Lead)  -Miss A Gurnham

Head of year 9 - Miss R Burrows

KS4 Head of Years

Head of year 10 - Miss J Neville

Head of year 11 (KS4 Lead) - Miss S Carroll

KS5 Head of Year

Head of year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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