Abbey CBS Newry Grammar School

The Abbey Grammar School
77a, Ashgrove Road
Co Down, BT34 1QN
N Ireland
+44 (0) 28 3026 3142


French is a very important European language in international affairs and a knowledge of French can have a very beneficial effect on job prospects, as employers are now eager to employ people who can speak at least one European language.  Learning French will bring you a wide range of skills and attributes. Not only will you be able to communicate in this important European language but you will have opportunities to improve communication and interpersonal skills all of which are highly sought after by employers and universities alike. A qualification in French will offer a range of employment opportunities and not just in the traditional fields of teaching, tourism, government and marketing. A qualification in French will also benefit you in areas such as financial services, IT, journalism, Law and engineering.

Quick Contact Details

Miss M Quinn

Curriculum Information

French is offered to pupils in Years 8 through to Year 14.

All pupils in years 8, 9 & 10 study French.

At the end of Key Stage 3, pupils have the choice to continue with their study of French through to GCSE.

Key Stage 3

All pupils in KS3 French are provided with Teaching and Learning materials produced within the French Department. These materials are tailored to the requirements of our pupils.

Listening materials to accompany these resources are also provided.

Year 8 – topics covered include:

  • Introductions
  • In class
  • The alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Members of the family
  • Descriptions
  • Days of the week, months of the year & seasons
  • France & the French speaking world
  • Weather
  • Colours
  • Rooms in the house
  • Time
  • Daily routine

Year 9 – topics covered include:

  • School
  • Hobbies
  • The present tense
  • The hotel
  • At the tourist office
  • In town
  • Health
  • At the restaurant
  • At the market
  • At the clothes shop

Year 10 – topics covered include:

  • Holidays
  • Services (post office, banks, train station)
  • The future tense
  • The Environment
  • Part-time job
  • World of work
  • Last weekend ( The past tense)
  • New technology
  • Hobbies & Leisure
  • Synonyms

Key Stage 4

At the Abbey Grammar School students follow the CCEA GCSE specification. All students in KS4 French are provided with Teaching and Learning materials produced within the French Department to support the specific needs of our students. A link to the content of the French GCSE course offered at the Abbey Grammar School is provided below.


Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students from the Abbey Grammar School are offered the opportunity to study along with students from the Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry.

All students studying French at KS5 are afforded the opportunity to take part in an exchange visit to Reims, France. This provides excellent opportunities for the KS5 student to develop his knowledge of the language as well as a better knowledge and understanding of French culture.

Departmental Staff

Miss M Quinn

Head of Department

Mr R Ruddy

Vice Principal & Teacher of French

Ms R Kelly

Teacher of English & French

Departmental Links

French microsite

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