In a world where international business opportunities and foreign travel are increasingly common, the study of languages has become more important than ever. French continues to be a popular language choice at Clifton, where pupils are encouraged to develop the confidence to communicate their ideas on a range of topics, in both the spoken and written word.


We currently follow the Edexcel International GCSE course as well as the new Edexcel Alevel syllabus in the Sixth Form. This specification allows our pupils to study cultural aspects of French-speaking countries as well as become proficient in the language.They benefit from a weekly individual session with the French Assistant to practise the spoken language and to gain an insight into life in a French-speaking country. All pupils are exposed to a wide range of teaching styles, ranging from the digital language laboratory to more traditional teaching methods.

Why Study at Clifton?

We aim to enthuse and motivate our pupils, while equipping them with the skills needed to communicate fluently in French, incorporating a good range of key vocabulary and structures.

In addition, students of French also enjoy taking advantage of cinema trips, a cheese tasting evening, French breakfasts, film nights and debates with other local schools. Pupils enjoy learning about both the language and culture, and many go on to successfully study French after leaving School.

Outside the Classroom

To complement what is learned in the classroom, the department actively promotes visits. In recent years we have taken a trip to Paris, for example, and also encourage work experience trips in the Sixth Form.