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Modern Foreign Languages

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela

Would you like to be smarter and richer than other people? Do you dream of being an amazing multi-tasker? How does extra grey matter in your brain sound? Wouldn’t it be nice to fight off dementia? Most people would love to have better memories too. How about being more interesting to other people?
These are just some of the benefits of learning foreign languages. At Thomas Alleyne's, all students have the opportunity to develop themselves by studying French. 


A custom-built, one-year curriculum designed to build on everything students have covered in middle school, whilst quickly allowing all students to develop their use of complex structures and ideas in their own work. Topics include:
  • La France
  • Ma vie
  • L'avenir
  • Les BDs adaptées au cinéma
  • Les vacances
Like the majority of schools in England, we enter students for the AQA GCSE in French. There are 3 central themes, split into the following 12 topics:
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions
At the end of the two-year course, you will take individual exams in Listening, Reading and Writing, and there is a Non-Examination Assessment for speaking with your teacher.
Students starting their GCSE in September 2024 will complete the new specification, which includes changes to content and assessment. The 3 themes will be split into these 9 topics:
  • Identity and relationships with others
  • Healthy living and lifestyle
  • Education and work
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs, festivals and celebrations
  • Celebrity culture
  • Travel and tourism
  • Media and technology
  • The environment and where people live
Students who choose to continue French at A Level will follow the AQA syllabus. The core components for study include:
  • Social trends and issues
  • Artistic and political culture
  • Book and film: Un sac de billes / La haine
There are two exams (Paper 1 for topics, Paper 2 for the book and film), as well as a Non-Examination Assessment for speaking


  • KS4 study trip to St Omer and Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Careers guidance - exploring their own future is key to many topics, and this includes discussing different routes and options at 14 and 16
  • Leading the Languages Festival
  • Entries for other languages at GCSE
  • Support for German, Italian and entries for examinations

Department Members

Mr P Noon: Head of MFL

Mrs E Clemett: Teacher of MFL