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Mrs Payne talking to some of the pupilsWelcome 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.

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Students: "I have felt confident studying at this school for seven years and would not want to study elsewhere."  "I believe my teachers have provided me with really good support and have continuously motivated me."  "QEGS has the best learning environment in which to complete my studies."

Following a recent survey, we are proud that the points below were rated by our parents/carers as ‘Outstanding’ ....

  • Achievement, progress and learning: Tailoring the workload to meet a child’s needs and ability.
  • Climate for learning: Encouraging and listening to pupil views.
  • Assessment: Quality of teaching.
  • Marking, feedback and homework:  Producing written reports.
  • Behaviour and safety:  School security.
  • Bullying, safety and mutual support:  Caring teachers and the attitude of non-teaching support staff.
  • Impact on teaching and learning:  Quality of teaching.
  • Curriculum:  Choice of subjects and careers advice.
  • Engagement with parents/carers:  Encouraging and listening to parent views.



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.

Trips, Exchanges and Extra-Curricular

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.

In Year 7, the Normandy Trip takes place towards the end of May each year. From Year 9 onwards, all students are offered the opportunity to participate in either the French Exchange or the German Exchange, both of which run every year. During the course of their time here, many students elect to do both, particularly where they are studying two or more languages at GCSE. A Spanish Trip to either Madrid or Barcelona is organised for GCSE and A level students, often in conjunction with another department.

Community Links

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!

Close links have been forged with seven of our feeder primary schools. Twilight Inset sessions for teachers have been held on a half-termly basis and staff and students from QEGS have visited primary schools to give demonstration lessons. Since July 2007 we have run our  “Hungry Caterpillar Day”. Over two days, 130 Year 5 pupils from our feeder schools attended a day dedicated to the story of “The Hungry Caterpillar”, which uses vocabulary of food, numbers, days of the week and colours. The feedback from the event was extremely positive and have repeated the event every year since then.

We have also been fortunate to be able to host a visiting theatre company performing a French play for our students and for students from 3 of our partner secondary schools. The play uses vocabulary and structures which will be familiar to the students and is intended to build their confidence with the language in order to encourage them to take languages at GCSE. Building confidence and enthusiasm for languages is also part of the remit of the “Language Awareness Day”, which took place in February 2009,2010 and 2011. The event, specifically for students from QEGS and our partner secondaries who have shown an aptitude in MFL, gave students a taster of both other languages such as Japanese and Polish.

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