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Languages and EAL

The Languages Faculty (including English as an Additional Language)

Faculty Ethos:

We ensure that all students are given the opportunity to learn how to communicate in a language other than their own, whilst developing the skills necessary for academic success in languages. We also aim to raise awareness and foster appreciation for those with the ability to speak another language and demonstrate how language skills are to be valued and can support future career and personal goals.

Subjects include:

Students choose which language they would like to study at the beginning of Year 7. They will continue studying this language until the end of Year 9, where they can continue to GCSE if they wish.

  • French
  • Urdu
  • Italian

Curriculum overview:

  • KS3 - 5 lessons per cycle (French, Urdu or Italian*)
  • KS4 - 7 lessons per cycle, plus additional revision sessions

Options offered at KS4:

  • GCSE French (AQA)
  • GCSE Urdu (AQA)
  • GCSE in Community languages (as extra-curricular options): Spanish, Arabic, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Bengali, Persian

Topics covered:

All languages will study four key skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons are designed to develop skills for success at GCSE, including translation, reading and communication strategies, and improving resilience and spontaneity.


We subscribe to the Kerboodle resource bank and use these to support lessons across all years. At KS3, students follow the Allez course which has been approved by AQA as preparation for GCSE. Lessons and resources are adapted and supplemented by work prepared by our teaching staff. At GCSE, lessons are supplemented by the OUP GCSE French coursebook, with access to Kerboodle interactive resources at both Higher and Foundation tiers. Students are also given the opportunity to interact with students our French partner school, the Lycée Jean Moulin.

  • Year 7 - Personal details, introductions, family and friends, school, hobbies and local area, basic opinions.
  • Year 8 - Daily routine, activities, holidays, sports, French festivals and culture, media.
  • Year 9 - New technology, life as an adolescent, healthy lifestyles, travelling, jobs and employment.
  • KS4 - Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Current and future study and employment. Full details of the AQA GCSE Specification are available here.


  • Year 7 - The Urdu Alphabet, dates, the classroom, colours, likes and dislikes, greetings and introductions.
  • Year 8 - Myself, my family, my home, finding my way, school, the weather.
  • Year 9 - Dates and birthdays, food and drink, shopping, describing people, life at home, travel and transport.
  • Year 10 - Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Current and future study and employment. Full details of the AQA GCSE Specification are available here.
  • Year 11 - Lifestyle; Leisure; Home and environment; Work and education. Full details of this specification are available here.


  • Year 7 - myself and my family, relationships and choices, health, free time, holidays, basic opinions.
  • Year 8 - current Year 8 Italian students are advanced speakers of the language. They are taught GCSE skills following the recommended AQA Scheme of Work, with a focus on improving literacy and confidence.

Assessment and examinations:

At KS3, students complete assessments in all four skills across the year, receiving an EGAR grade at the end of each unit.

GCSE French is examined under the 9-1 grading system, with four equally weighted exams at the end of Year 11. Students can enter at either Foundation (1-5) or Higher (4-9) tier. Full details of the assessments are available here.

GCSE Urdu will follow this format from 2019 - meaning students in Year 10 will sit these new-style equally-weighted examinations.

For current Year 11, GCSE Urdu students are following the A*-G specification. Students complete Controlled Assessments in speaking and writing. These are each worth 30% of the final GCSE grade. Students then sit terminal exams at the end of Year 11 in reading and listening. These are each worth 20%.

Controlled Assessment is carried out throughout the course, with students completing two speaking and writing assessments. These are completed in the classroom in controlled conditions with subject teachers. Full details of the assessment are available here.

GCSEs are offered in Community Language on a yearly basis, with the possibility of early entry in some languages. Students will still need to complete all qualifications through formal examinations in all four skills. Different languages have different examination styles. For further information, please contact the Head of Languages.


The Languages Faculty:

Mr G Morrison - Head of Languages

Miss S Hassall - Teacher of French

Mr J Musampa - Teacher of French/EAL

Mr M Younas - Head of Urdu

Mr A Khan - Teacher of Urdu

Mr V D'Agostino - Teacher of Italian/EAL


English as an Additional Language

Faculty ethos:

Our aim is to give all students who have recently arrived in the country opportunities, hopes and ambitions to succeed in school and life in general.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) is a subject for students whose first language is not English and who need to improve their English. Most of the students who study EAL have recently arrived in the UK.

Curriculum overview:

  • KS3 - 2 or 3 lessons per cycle (carried out as interventions).
  • KS4 - 7 lessons per cycle.

Options offered at KS4:

  • ESOL Skills for Life (Pearson Edexcel). In all years, students will receive support in mainstream classes from the EAL Teaching Assistants or EAL Teachers.

Topics covered:

Students will study and improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the English language through a range of resources, planned and delivered in conjunction with colleagues across the school. They will also focus on vocabulary development and learn to apply rules of grammar. All of this is useful for everyday communication and essential for studying all school subjects.

Assessment and examinations:

At KS3, students are given an EGAR grade as well as an EAL step, which is shared with other teachers to support the preparation and delivery of lessons.

ESOL Skills for Life has five different tiers of entry, and students will be entered at the level which suits them best. These levels are Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2. Student progress is monitored against the EAL steps and their progression through the different tiers of entry for the final exam. Further details of the course are available here.

ESOL Skills for Life is assessed through three exams at the end of Year 11. These are Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.


The EAL department:

Ms J Cregeen - Head of EAL

Ms T Khan - Teacher of EAL

Mr J Musampa - Teacher of EAL/French

Ms E Simaei - Teacher of EAL

Mr V D'Agostino - Teacher of EAL/Italian

Ms M Kolodziejska - EAL Teaching Assistant

Mr J Blindell - EAL Teaching Assistant

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