Head of Department: Ms Heath


Head of Department: Ms Heath


Head of Department: Ms Heath

  • "I'm forever grateful to Latymer's Russian department for providing an excellent framework to develop a love for language learning. Studying Russian has opened up a world of opportunities to me, both academically and personally." Ethan Carter (ex-Latymerian)

    Russian is part of a large and thriving Modern Languages department. It is highly successful in terms of pupil/student enjoyment and is proud of its fine record of examinations at GCSE, AS and A2 levels and university success. The curriculum is designed to cater for students of high ability and is one which puts considerable intellectual demands on students. Our examination results have been consistently excellent: GCSE pupils of 2015 gained an excellent average of 94.7% A*-B in Russian and GCE students achieved 100% A-B at AS and 100% A*-C at A2. We have won various awards in National Russian Competitions (Essay and Poetry Competitions run by Rossotrudnichestvo) for top performances at GCSE and GCE levels. There is a good continuation of the KS3 to KS4 and KS4 to KS5 uptake. The pupils at all levels are enthusiastic about Russian studies.

    The department uses multi-media materials and provides an access to a variety of information technology to encourage and stretch pupils of all abilities to fulfil their potential for language learning. We aim to provide students with the tools and skills that will enable them to become independent, enthusiastic and confident learners.

  • Russian is taught from Year 8, as a second foreign language, right through to GCSE or A-level. In Years 8 – 9 we use Novaya Iskra (parts 1 and 2) course as a basis for our teaching, various interactive software (e.g. Na Start) and online programmes (e.g. tracks4learning and Linguascope).

    Russian language classes are kept small (typically 20-25 students) in order to ensure plenty of opportunity for interaction in the target language, leading to the development of listening and speaking skills, as well as an understanding of grammar.

    Year 8 have nine lessons and Year 9 have eight lessons each in a 2 week cycle.

  • In Key Stage 4 students undertake four assessments in speaking, reading, listening and writing at the end of each term starting in the Autumn Term of Year 10. Students sit all four GCSE papers at the end of Year 11. The speaking and writing account for 27% and the reading and listening for 23%.

    The New GCSE Russian papers for listening and reading skills refer to the generic content and feature scenarios set in a country where Russian is spoken:

    • Out and about
    • Customer service and transactions
    • Personal information
    • Future plans, education and work

    Speaking and Writing Themes:

    • Media, Travel and Culture
    • Sport, Leisure and Work

    Students receive regular oral and written feedback on their progress against their target grades and are given opportunities to undertake self and peer assessment.

    In Year 11, we aim to take pupils well beyond the limited GCSE course, preparing them for further Sixth Form study.

    Examination board:

    GCSE (new syllabus first examination June 2012) Edexcel

    To see the full specification, go to:

  • We base our GCE Russian on Navigator, supplemented by various interactive software. At A2, we prefer the Literature option for Unit 5 (T. Tolstaya "Three Stories" or A. Pushkin "Queen of Spades")

    The content of this Examinations is linked to the following general topic areas:


    • Youth culture and concerns
    • Lifestyle: health and fitness
    • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Russian-speaking world
    • Education and employment


    • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
    • National and international events: past, present and future
    • Literature and the arts: we study many world-famous literary masterpieces that were created by Russian writers and poets (Griboyedov, Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Yesenin, Akhmatova and others).

    Examination board: GCE (New syllabus first examination June 2018) Edexcel (details TBC) New specification will be available from September 2017

    Russian Assistant:

    Each year, we employ a native speaker to lead conversation lessons with Years 11-13.

    • For Sixth Form students there is one 20 minute conversation lesson each week in small groups and 1-1.
    • Year 11 students are offered 1-1 and small group revision sessions prior to the Oral Examination.

    Russian Exchange

    • Saint Petersburg (February 2016)
    • Moscow (February 2017)
  • Beyond the curriculum

    We aim to support our students’ enthusiasm and passion for the Russian language, culture, history and literature. Activities include clubs and visits to target language countries and cultural events in London.

    We offer a range of extra-curricular activities:

    Key Stage 3:

    • Russian Language Revision Club
    • KS3 Gifted and Talented Club and events
    • Pen-pal programme with a partner school in Moscow

    Key Stage 4:

    • Lunchtime Russian Film Club
    • Lunch time GCSE Revision Club

    Key Stage 5:

    • Oxbridge classes
    • Lunchtime Russian Cinema Study Club
    • Russian Literature Club
    • Russian debating society
    • Year 12 mentoring programme
    • Teaching Assistant Work experience opportunities in Saint Petersburg

    We organise an annual exchange with schools in either St. Petersburg or Moscow.