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Our aim is to provide all our students with the confidence to speak in German.
This lies at the core of the style of teaching and learning undertaken at K.E.S. The emphasis lies with the spoken word, especially in Years 8 and 9 when our students are at their most receptive to the new language they have chosen to study. Furthermore they should gain a real understanding and enjoyment of German culture and lifestyle. We strive to achieve these goals through everyday lessons and trips to Germany. At GCSE level our students travel to Munich and Salzburg (Austria) as part of their study, whilst Year 12 students undertake a week’s work experience of their choice in Germany during the summer term. Year 13 students may also have the opportunity to travel abroad to watch the play they study at A-level. The German Department is fortunate to have purpose-built accommodation. This space includes a separate Sixth form study area to promote independent–learning, something the department has been at the forefront of promoting for many years, and a dedicated space for individual and group sessions with the German Language Assistant. We currently follow the AQA syllabus at both GCSE and A-Level. Numbers at A-level are pleasing and many students from K.E.S. go on to university to study German. James Cottriall has perhaps been the most high-profile, going on to become a singer/song writer in Austria winning The Voice and he regularly returns to perform his “German Concert” to the next generation of German students.