George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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World Languages



follow us on instagram The World languages department consists of 3 full time members of staff and 1 part time member of staff along with a community languages team delivering Polish and Punjabi.

We offer both French and Spanish at key stage 3, 4 and 5. Our community language program delivers lessons geared to Key stage 4 and Key stage 5.

The department works in conjunction with other Sandwell and Ormiston schools to promote success in Languages.

Study Support and Extra-Curricular Activities

The staff and our Post 16 ambassadors offer a wide range of opportunities both in and out of lessons, which not only support students with their language learning experience, but also offer an insight into culture. We are currently running a number of extra-curricular clubs geared towards improving independence in language learning (Transition Club), broadening the cultural awareness of our students (World film club) and we are excited to be launching a new Twinning club in the summer term with a partner school in France.

The department regularly takes part in University-led languages enrichment days and is in the process of organising an joint French-Food Technology trip to Northern France during the summer term.

Rooming and Resources

The World Languages department has 4 classrooms that are specifically designated to the subject area. Rooms LA2, LA3, LA4, and ENT1 are all situated in the Trinity zone and have recently been refurbished.

All rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, dictionaries, full sets of Key Stage 3/4/5 textbooks (Allez, Zoom and AQA for GCSE), CDs and teacher's guides. The department also has 1 printer, sound equipment in each room and the use of MP3 recorders; all MFL teachers have a laptop that is issued to them by the school for planning and delivery purposes and all staff and students have access to Doddle Learn, Kerboodle online resources and GCSE POD.

What the students say about the department

"I didn’t think that languages would be fun but I really like French."

"Spanish isn’t like other subjects it has a real use, I really enjoyed being able to speak to people on the Spain trip, they actually understood me!"

"French is hard, but being able to have a conversation that other people can’t understand is great!"

"The French trip was amazing, we had so much fun and learnt a lot, the teachers were kind and really cared about us, they wanted us to have fun and planned lots of activities."

"Belgium was so much fun living with families really helped me to practise my French."


Mrs J. Brown (Head of Department), email:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

language studentFrench or Spanish is compulsory for all year 7 and 8 students.

Year 7

Personal introductions, Family, Countries and Nationalities, Physical descriptions, Sport and Leisure.


Proposed trip to Belgium for language study and exchange; proposed trip to Spain.

Year 8

Home and Local Area, Healthy Living, Food and Drink, Planning a visit, Shopping and Fashion.

Year 9

Festivals and Celebrations, Free Time and the Media

School Exam

Mock speaking and writing assessment in December, formal speaking and writing assessment in the summer.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

language students in ParisLanguages are compulsory for the majority of students at Key Stage 4. Key Stage 4 allows students to study language, grammar and culture in more depth, with a significant focus upon Speaking and Writing skills.

Year 10

School work and future plans, Home and local area


Formal speaking and writing assessments, mock listening and reading exam

Year 11

trip to barcelonaHome and local area, Environment, Family and relationships


Key Stage 5 / Post 16

 alanguage studentYour GCE Modern Language course in either French or Spanish gives you a strong foundation for understanding both language and culture.

You will study the French/Spanish speaking world and the language in depth through a variety of interesting and topical themes.

Click on the link below for further information:



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