Students will continue to study either French or German 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. Students will also be supported in their speaking by our language assistant.


We teach the Edexcel GCSE course, which is examined at the end of Year 11. Each exam (Listening,Speaking,Reading and Writing) is worth 25% of the final mark and students will complete either higher or foundation.

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.

At KS3 in French and German we follow the Pearson scheme of work, Dynamo/ Studio for French and Stimmt for German. All students have access to this and they can use it on their computers, tablets and mobile phones. 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 Go4Schools which can be checked at home.

At KS4, we move on to the Pearson Edexcel GCSE course, Active-Teach and Active-Learn are still used in class and for homework. Revision guides and books can be purchased through us, and these support the exam preparation process.

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 K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Rushden Academy

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