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Greenhill School French Department

Why study French?

In an increasingly global economy knowledge of a major European language is a key skill as far as employers are concerned.  A lack of people with the relevant language skills is often cited by businesses as a major reason for failing to get important contracts.  For this reason the French department believes that every pupil in Greenhill should learn French to at least GCSE level.

The Department

The French department is an active and experienced team of teachers housed in a recently refurbished suite of rooms with interactive whiteboards.  The department is committed to providing pupils with a positive, enjoyable experience of learning a language which develops their ability to use the language effectively through a range of relevant and up to date topics.

The department is very well resourced using a flexible interactive whiteboard based course in Key Stage 3 and textbooks for the examination courses in Key Stages 4 and 5 along with a host of resources that have been developed in-house by our team.

Our public examination at GCSE and A-Level are consistently amongst the best in the school.

We have strong links with France via our exchange partner school L’Institution de St. Joseph based in Miribel near Lyon in south eastern France.  As part of our exchange program pupils have the chance to host visiting French pupils in Year 7 for a week-end and then to go to France themselves in Year 8.  We also have a similar exchange program in Key Stage 4 and 5 where pupils have the opportunity to stay for a week with a French family.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Nigel Davies- Head of Department

Mrs. Nathalie Rees – Teacher of French & Welsh Bac co-ordinator

Mrs. Katherine Barnes – Teacher of French


Extra-curricular Activities

Year 7/8 French Exchange hosting pupils and visiting France

Year 10/11 French Exchange hosting pupils and visiting France

Year 12/13 French Exchange hosting pupils and visiting France

Year 12/13 Timetabled conversation classes with LSA

Useful resources to have at home

Bilingual French-English dictionary

Recommended as used for GCSE coursework: Oxford Learner’s French Dictionary (Publishers – OUP)

Useful websites



An easy-to-use online dictionary. Make sure you have selected the correct language and you choose the correct translation.


Select the correct language, type in a word and listen to its pronunciation.


Topic based activities with a lot of games.


A languages blog with links to other useful websites!


Listen to French music.


Video Quizzes

Video quizzes about KS4 topics. Pupils listen to the videos (native French speakers) and complete some gap fill activities. GCSE level but also very good for Year 9.


French Radio

Or use the TuneIn Radio app on your phone to develop your listening skills with French Radio.

TV5 Website

TV5 website with a lot of video clips suitable for 6th form.

KS3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

KS4 – Years 10 and 11

KS5 – Years 12 and 13



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