Languages are an integral part of Beechen Cliff School.  We are a highly committed team dedicated to developing confident linguists in a stimulating and creative learning environment.

Curriculum

We offer French, German, Italian and Spanish from KS3 through to A level. Pupils also have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese in year 10 and gain the Entry Level Certificate .

All pupils study French from year 7 to year 9. In year 8 and year 9 most pupils will study an additional language alongside French: either Spanish, Italian or German.

According to the British Chamber of Commerce there is a chronic shortage of language skills in the UK workplace and the knowledge of a language significantly increases a person’s employability.

We believe that everybody should leave school as competent linguists, therefore we encourage all our pupils to continue their study of languages in Year 10 and Year 11 either by following the GCSE course or the NVQ level 2 in Business French.

The uptake at GCSE is very high in all four languages with over 70% of pupils continuing to study languages at Key Stage 4.  Our results are consistently above the national average of boys’ attainment at GCSE.

The study of languages at A level is very popular at Beechen Cliff School.  We offer the study of French, German, Italian and Spanish at AS and A2. Students are also entitled to weekly conversation practice with native speaker foreign language assistants in order to develop their fluency.

Enrichment opportunities

We believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to visit the country where the language is spoken and gain first-hand experience of the culture and language. There are a wide range of residential trips and exchanges to France, Germany, Italy and Spain available to pupils at all key stages. Please visit the Trips section for more details.

Community languages

We value the cultural and linguistic diversity of our bi-lingual pupils and provide support to those who wish to extend their knowledge of their first language or gain qualifications in their native tongue.