Most students in Key Stage 3 learn French for 3 lessons a week. GCSE is offered as a three year course in Years 9 to 11. The school also offers AS & A2 French courses in the sixth form.
There are all kinds of reasons to learn a foreign language in general, and French in particular.
Why learn French?
If you are a native English speaker, one of the best reasons to learn French is to help you understand your own language. Although English is a Germanic language, French has had an enormous impact on it (more about that can be found here) In fact, French is the largest donor of foreign words in English. Unless your English vocabulary is much higher than average, learning French will greatly increase the number of English words you know.
French is spoken as a native language in more than two dozen countries on five continents (further information here) Depending on your sources, French is either the 11th or the 13th most common native language in the world, with 72-79 million native speakers and another 190 million secondary speakers. French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English), making it a real possibility that speaking French will come in handy practically anywhere you travel.
French in business
France is a major world economy: more than 1700 French companies have subsidiaries in the UK and generate some 700,000 jobs, including Mack Trucks, Zenith, RCA-Thomson, Bic, and Danon. Being so close geographically to France means that it is not unusual for people to come into contact with French people in many professions, especially service and tourism industries.
French in the world
French is an official working language in dozens of international organizations, including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and International Red Cross.
French is an important language for culture, including art, cuisine, dance, and fashion. France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country in the world and is one of the top producers of international films.
French is the second most frequently used language on the internet.
French is ranked the 2nd most influential language in the world.