"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith

French is a language that opens up the world, for the job market, for higher education, for travel, the language of international relations, of culture and a language that is fun to learn. More than 200 million people speak French. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. Nowadays, understanding a foreign language and culture is fundamental and essential to be able to succeed in a society.

We want our students to be able to form lasting relationships with those from other countries and to understand that international links are invaluable to us in business and in friendship.  In our lessons, we strive to challenge our students, to engage them in stimulating dialogues, to peak their interest and love for languages.

In the first half term of Year 7 students study 5 lessons in each of the 4 languages (French, German, Japanese and Spanish) that we teach at Hendon School as part of a carousel. These lessons consist of language and culture.

In October students choose their first language as either 1) Japanese or 2) French, which they then continue for the rest of Year 7.

In Year 8 students will study a second language either 1) German or 2) Spanish

Students have 6 lessons over 2 weeks





Year 7


At school


Free time

Year 8

Chez moi

Chez toi


Family & Friends

Parts of the body


Life & daily routine

Visit to Paris

Year 9

My holiday

My city

Geography of France

Health & lifestyle


Helping at home

Pocket money



Outside the classroom

For Hendon students studying AS or A2 French we offer the possibility of doing a work placement in France. Students are also able to exchange emails and/or letters with French students from schools in France. Moreover we enable our students to discover more about French culture through films, music, TV programs, newspapers, magazines and literature. We are furthermore launching new opportunities for independent study outside the classroom through our KS3 independent homework projects.

Progression pathways and careers

French speaker enter a very wide range of career areas and, put simply, there is no such thing as a French job, there are jobs that French speakers do: Careers include a wide range of areas, including Business, Finance, Sciences, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Government and Planning, Law

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