All students study either German or French in Year 7 and this continues through until Year 11. At KS3 they will explore the language in order to be able to express themselves confidently. They will develop important literacy skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking through a series of communicative activities and grammar work. We also look at the value of languages in the modern world and answer the question “Why do we have to do a language?”


Students are assessed formally 3 times a year in all four skills, and informally throughout the course, for example in weekly vocab tests or presentations.

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

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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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