Key Stage Three

At KS3 we aim to make the learning of German enjoyable and accessible to all pupils.

We endeavour to inspire our pupils with the confidence to express their ideas and thoughts in German and to equip them with the skills to understand and respond to its speakers orally and in writing.

We are committed to the delivery of an engaging programme of study that challenges and enables our pupils to work to the best of their ability.

We place great value on developing in our pupils an appreciation of the rich culture of Germany and do this in a variety of ways:

Activities in class

Visits to class by the German Language Assistant

Year 8 German Club

Opportunity to participate in a German course at a language/outdoor pursuit school in Bundoran

A school trip to Ulmen Germany every three years

Email/ letter exchange with pupils from our partner school, the Nicolaus- Cusanus- Gymnasium Bonn

European Day of Languages


Students build on their knowledge and understanding, and further develop their skillset from KS3 by studying the following three Contexts for Learning:


  • Context         1:            Identity, Lifestyle and Culture.

  • Context         2:            Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest.

  • Context         3:            School Life, Studies and the World of Work.


For further details of the GCSE course, visit:

Year 11 Pupils have the opportunity of participating in an annual exchange with our partner school the Nicolaus -Cusanus-Gymnasium in Bonn. Rathmore pupils travel to Bonn at the end of June and host their German exchange partners on the return visit in September.


Students having successfully completed GCSE students continue to develop the four key skills at AS and A2 by exploring the areas of interest in the following four themes:


• Relationships (AS)

• Culture and Lifestyle (AS)

• Young People in Society (A2)
• Our Place in a Changing World (A2)


Pupils will become highly proficient linguists and develop an understanding and ability to allow them to achieve a high level of fluency in German on completion of their A2 course.


For further details of the GCE course, visit:

AS Level pupils have the opportunity of completing a week-long work experience in Bonn in January of their AS course. During this week they stay with pupils from our partner school, the Nicolaus -Cusanus -Gymnasium.

A2 pupils travel to Berlin in February where they develop their knowledge of the history of the city during the years of the Cold War.

German Department

Teaching Staff

Mrs Leila Leonard (HoD)

Mrs Ursula Lavery  

Simone Junker (Language Assistant 2016-2017)