French at CCHS is a lively, active subject in which students are encouraged to be creative in their use of the language and to develop an appreciation of the culture of France and French speaking countries as well as of the language structure. We also aim to provide students with the tools to expand their skills, applying their understanding to the learning of additional languages.
French is studied by all students from Year 7 to Year 9. In Year 9 students have the option of continuing to GCSE in either French or German as their core language. Students are encouraged to take more than one language. A large number choose to continue with at least two languages to GCSE.
French is a very popular option at advanced level and can be studied at Standard or Higher level in the IB or at AS and/or A2 level.
At GCSE, around 80% of students achieve an A or A* grade in French and at AS and A2 level the achievement of A or B grades is between 70% and 85%. At IB most students generally gain level 5 or 6. Lessons in all years are intense and focussed, with a concentration on active learning techniques, higher order thinking skills and delivery of core grammatical concepts and structures through the various topic areas.
The department has an excellent track record of success and is willing to work hard to make the “best better”. Relationships between staff and students are of the highest quality and are demonstrated by the time devoted to the students outside of lessons when they need help. We offer a mentoring system in Year 12 and Year 13, supporting students in the preparation of their research for their oral topics. We have a rigorous system of tracking in all years, by which we can monitor individual progress against external and internal data and offer support as needed.