Bury Grammar Schools


People commonly refer to Germany as “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” (the land of poets and thinkers).
The German-speaking population has profoundly contributed to Literature and the Arts. As the most widely spoken language in the European Union, German is the native language of approximately 100 million people. German lessons at BGS enable students to discover and enjoy the official language of Germany, but also of Austria and Liechtenstein, and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Year 8, pupils choose German or Spanish as an additional language alongside their French studies. They develop their understanding of grammar and language structure. They study topics such as personal information, school and local area. They are exposed to authentic resources and taught by specialist staff.


Students at BGS choose at least one language for GCSE with many keen linguists deciding to study two. They have the opportunity to develop further their understanding of different cultures and study topics that are relevant to our current society, such as environmental issues and the world of work. Whist preparing for the AQA GCSE, they have regular contact with our Foreign Language Assistant who helps them gain confidence in their spoken skills. They become confident communicators and are able to express personal opinions assertively.  They are exposed to Literature and discuss different traditions and customs from the studied countries.

A Level

At A level, students manipulate sophisticated language that enable them to approach literature and filmography. Students read newspaper articles weekly and listen to podcasts in the chosen language. They soon become confident linguists who can converse in the target language about current affairs. They attend a film conference at Home in Manchester that reinforces their understanding of film analysis. At BGS, specialist staff give our students the best access to authentic resources; the discussions and skills that ensue are transferrable to most University subjects. 
In each language, students study all the following on which the AQA assessments are based:
  • Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends and issues
  • Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world
  • One text and one film 
  • Individual research project

Head of Department

Mr Boyd completed his Bachelor’s Degree in French and German at the University of Bradford before departing to Germany, where he spent a year translating for DaimlerBenz in Stuttgart.
He travelled extensively in Western Europe as a sales manager.
He completed his PGCE in 2004 at Manchester Metropolitan University and came to BGSB in 2006 where he was promoted to Head of French in 2008 and Head of MFL in 2016.
He is now Head of German for BGS and assists with the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze and Gold levels.