Welcome to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and thank you for visiting our website. I hope that your visit enables you to capture the essence of our vibrant and dynamic school community. As well as being extremely proud of the school’s long history, I am equally impressed with the range of activities our students get involved in. It is a privilege to lead this remarkable school; students who are friendly, ambitious and creative; staff who are dedicated, caring and talented. Our standards are high; we expect every member of the community to aspire to be the best they can be.
Following a recent survey, we are proud that the points below were rated by our parents/carers as ‘Outstanding’ ....
Welcome to the Modern Languages Department
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School prides itself on the place held by Modern Foreign Languages in the curriculum and was delighted with the result of an Ofsted subject-inspection of the Modern Languages Faculty in June 2008, which described the Faculty as “outstanding”.
Languages are a popular option at both GCSE and A level, and every year, significant numbers of students go on to university to study languages at degree level.
In Years 7 to 9, all students study French and German. In Year 10, Spanish is offered as an additional language, proceeding to GCSE in two years. It is possible to take three languages at GCSE from within our option choices, and it is common for students to take two.
In the Sixth Form, all three languages are offered at AS and A2 level.
In addition to the specialist teaching staff, Foreign Language Assistants are employed, withdrawing small groups for conversation and other intensive oral work, and seeing Sixth Form either individually or in small groups on a weekly basis. Their contribution to the department in terms of culture and living language is greatly appreciated by students and staff alike.
The MFL Faculty is committed to an enrichment programme. Over the past few years we have run a variety of language clubs, including Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. There is also a Spanish club for KS3 students. The Foreign Language Leadership Programme is open to Year 10 students. All languages students are given the opportunity to subscribe to magazines in the foreign language at their level to develop their reading skills and the Faculty subscribes to websites such as Linguascope which students can access both in school and at home. The Faculty has built up a stock of films in French, German and Spanish which are available in the school library.
Languages feature strongly in the Adult Education Programme at QEGS: Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese classes have all been well-attended and positive feedback has been received. “Polish for managers” is a recent addition to the range of classes offered!