At Bruton School for Girls, we encourage the study of languages for all and promote the relevance of languages in today’s global workplace, as well as language learning as an enjoyable linguistic and cultural pursuit.
The Department has two native language assistants in addition to the four teachers, one of whom is a French native speaker. The assistants support teachers in their lessons and have individual lessons with GCSE and Sixth Form linguists, as well as with near-native students who need specific input in their mother tongue or students who need to catch up for whatever reason. They also run a reading scheme in Senior 3.
Girls all start with French in Senior 1 and continue to the end of Senior 3, but from Senior 2 onwards they study German in addition to French.
Pupils tend to study as least one modern foreign language at GCSE - French, Spanish or German and some may take two. The Modern Languages GCSE is a multi-skill examination - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing - with all four skills being assessed separately on the Edexcel syllabus.
Sixth Form study covers a wide range of topical issues set in the context of contemporary life in the target language country and its culture, as well as the study of some cultural topics such as history, literary works and films. We follow the Edexcel syllabus.
The Department offers trips every year. Senior 1, 2 and 3 have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to France. In Senior 4 and 5, cross-curricular trips to Berlin take place every other year, whilst our German exchange with the TGG in Leer is a long-established opportunity for girls to take part in. Sixth Form students are encouraged to travel independently to benefit from full immersion.
The Department is keen to challenge its students to use languages creatively and offers opportunities for girls to take part in cultural ventures in poetry, drama, public speaking, video and song. Bruton School for Girls was the 2013 and 2015 winner of the Routes into Languages South West Pop Video Competition in French with their songs ‘Je t’aime beaucoup’ and ‘Ils ont pris mon crayon’.