International Initiatives

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  French Exchange Programme  

  The MFL department runs a very successful exchange programme for Year 9 and 10 students with Le Collège Aliénor d'Aquitaine, Brantôme. Pervious exchanges have included visits to the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, the  Futuroscope  theme park / Laserquest, the historic cities of Périgueux and Bordeaux, Accrobranche  (click here to find out what that is!) and many other activities enabling students to experience the language and culture of France . The 2012 exchange will be in partnership with the Geography department.

Click me! Clique ici! Article: Newsbytes May 2012         Click me! Clique ici! French student feedback 2011-12 

Contact Mr Taylor or Mrs Figgis for details on how to sign up for new the 2012-13 programme. Deadline: 31st May 2012.

Forms to download 

Click me! Clique ici! Year 9 initial application and information

Click me! Clique ici! Year 10 initial application and information

        To download, right click, save target as....

        Rename document with your child's full name and e-mail to 

Click me! Clique ici! Partner matching form    Click me! Clique ici! Partner matching cover letter

Click me! Clique ici! Click here for articles and photo gallery from exchanges to date  and visit their blog here!    

               For feedback from 2010-11 exchange click here!    

Local newspaper article publicising our first exchange visit.



Foreign Languages Leader Awards .... click here to find out more! 



  French & German Work Experience programmes

After very successful placements  in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Year 12 students have the opportunity to take part in a week-long work experience / total immersion in March 2009 at Le Moulin de Kergoual or at Le Château de la Baudonnière. See Mr Taylor or Mrs Figgis for details.


Information regarding the German Work Placement scheme via The Friends of Wildeshausen and the Rotary Club, Hertford 




Links with other partner schools abroad

          French partner school: Collège Aliénor d'Aquitaine, Dordogne

        German partner school: Gymnasium Wildeshausen, near Bremen

Partner school in Germany for internet projects  

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Day excursions




Europa Centre Day: Following a run of  highly successful visit the department is planning the visits for March 2011 for Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 intensive pre-GCSE oral examination training. See Mr Taylor for details. 

Click icon to link to Europa Centre information site. French day, March 2009 - photos (SBS password required)



          Arsenal FC Languages Double-Club - another way to promote MFL. 

          Targeted at Year 7 pupils to encourage a pro-active interest and involvement in foreign languages. 

          Click here or see Mr Kay or Mr  Pooley for more details. 

Click here to see the videos 


Example of the type of intensive GCSE day courses offered


Pen-friend programmes

    Request details from your son's / daughter's French / German teacher




All educational visits are subject to the school risk assessment procedures and students participating in such visits are covered by the county's insurance policy and / or the organising company's policy. All documents are available on request.


French phrase sheet



Parents, for further information or queries regarding international initiatives at Simon Balle school, click here to leave a message.