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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy


Head of Languages
Ms N Lourenco

Teachers of French and/or Spanish

Mrs L Hughes
(Teacher of French and Head of year 7)

Ms M Benzidane
(Teacher of French and Spanish and Head of year 9)

Ms Alexandra Chabin - French Assistant

The department aims to provide intellectual stimulation, enjoyment and a sense of achievement and to encourage social interaction through an emphasis on communication, and to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.

The Languages Department occupies four specialist rooms. All rooms are equipped with projectors. The Languages Office also houses banks of teaching resources and the Department also has the services of a French Assistant.


All students are taught in mixed ability groups and the KS3 National Strategy-framework for teaching Modern Foreign Languages is closely adhered to.

Students in year 7 and 8 study French and Spanish and are currently using Expo and Mira as their main course book.

Please click here for more information on KS3


In year 8, students can opt to study GCSE French or Spanish. The syllabus followed is provided by AQA and all four attainment skills are tested. Listening (25%), Reading (25%), Speaking (25%), Writing (25%)

Please click here for further information on KS4


In years 12 and 13 students are offered the AQA “A” Level French Syllabus. The following units will be assessed:

• AS Level: 
Unit 1 (Written Paper)
Unit 2 (Speaking Test)

• A Level: 
Unit 3 (Listening, Reading, Writing)
Unit 4 (Speaking test)

Please click here for further information Year 12

Please click here for further information on Year 13