Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department


At Ashton we offer French.  We also encourage students who have the ability to speak additional languages to gain accreditation in those languages. We have entered pupils for GCSE examinations in Spanish, Urdu, Italian, Chinese and Polish.

The following topics are studied during Key Stage 3.

Year 7

  • All about me
  • My family
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Future holidays
  • “Le Petit Prince” book and film study

Year 8

  • My style and interests
  • Where I live
  • Daily routine
  • Future life and aspirations
  • Past holidays
  • “Les Choristes” film study

Homework is set regularly and all tasks are recorded on Show My Homework.

We follow a 3 year Key Stage 4 with students beginning their GCSE French studies in Year 9. Students who opt to study GCSE French currently follow the AQA Specification. This qualification leads to a GCSE at grades 9-1. Assessment of the course is through examinations in the summer term of Year 11 when students are examined on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each skill has a 25% weighting.

The following topics are studied during Key Stage 3.

Year 9

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage and partnership
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • My studies
  • Free time activities 
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries

Year 10

  • Life at school
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education post 16
  • Career choices and ambitions
  • Healthy and unhealthy living
  • Technology in everyday life
  • “Le petit Nicolas” book and film study

Year 11

  • The Environment
  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Exam skills

Homework is often set twice weekly for GCSE pupils. One of these tasks is linked to vocab learning or practising a specific grammar focus. The second task enables students to consolidate and develop work covered during lessons.


Mrs C. Joassard

Head of MFL faculty

Mrs. J. Hoyle

Teacher of French & Deputy Headteacher

Dr. N. Walmsley

Teacher of French & Deputy Headteacher

Mrs. E. Jackson

Teacher of French


MFL