FAQ

What is the atmosphere like at the school ? What makes it unique ?

We believe that by innovatively delivering a rigorous bilingual programme we can educate children to be creative, responsible and principled global citizens. We aim to educate the whole child in a respectful, nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment. By using the most modern pedagogical tools and methods we respect the individual character and strive to highlight the unique talents of each student. Our teachers are also available for one on one support during the school day.

Under the guidance of our school Counselor we integrate a social and emotional awareness programme into the Curriculum. This includes lessons about age-appropriate issues from respect to body image to healthy relationships to drug and addictions prevention. By teaching life skills as well as integrating mindfulness into the daily routine we aim to reduce stress while boosting the confidence of our students.

We encourage community service and civic responsibility by making it part of the curriculum and at the core of our ethos. We welcome the involvement of our students at school and in the community at large. By teaching students to think critically and act ethically we believe they will be better able to express their opinions and define their own goals confidently.

We actively encourage parents to meet their peers through social gatherings at school, and to participate positively in the advancement of the school.

How is technology used at the school ?


Technology is only a tool. Those who know how to use it effectively will be better able to embrace change and will be one step ahead in an ever changing world . Our founding Year 1 students will graduate in 2028. It is our responsibility to not only give our students the tools to make sense of the world around them, but to be able to master them so that they are best prepared to find their place in the world actively and responsibly.

After careful consideration, we chose to use tablets because they are particularly useful to support and develop in our students the 21st century skills of creativity and collaboration, as well as a unique instrument to differentiate the learning experience. The internet provides infinite intellectual resources; bringing traditional teaching methods to the next level, we make it our job to ensure that our students are able to sift through all the available data and find the information they need.

All of our classrooms are connected and interactive, including our Webliotheque. The interaction with teaching and learning content has definitively changed over the past decade. Technology allows faster (as well as on-demand) access, sharing, interaction and feedback with teachers and other students. It uses new and efficient pedagogical methods and audiovisual materials designed for an already digital-savvy pupil.

Having a dedicated portal for communication of homework to results also enhances the interaction between our families and our school, and strengthens our community.

How does the school monitor the use of Tablets?

We believe that the iPad is a powerful educational tool which the School provides for academic purposes only.

Which students have access to iPads?

In the Primary School CM1 and CM2 students have access to iPads to enhance lessons and academic activities under teacher’s supervision only. iPads are not taken home.

All students in the Secondary School are loaned an iPad for the academic year to be used for coursework both in and outside school. The iPad and its contents remain the property of the school.

What are the guidelines regarding the use of the iPad?

We believe that the iPad is a powerful educational tool which the School provides for academic purposes only.

All students and their parents are required to read and sign the iPad User Guidelines and Agreement that they receive before the start of the school year, along with the School Rules. The age-appropriate Family Media Agreement is also provided as a suggested guideline for discussion between parents and students. At the beginning of the academic year, parents are invited to an iPad induction course (goals and responsibilities, setting up a specific Apple ID, parental controls, etc.) and sign the iPad User Guidelines and Agreement ; only upon completion of the course, is a school iPad provided to them for their child. Additional iPad assistance is offered regularly throughout the year to assist parents with iPads and any related ICT needs.

Furthermore, applications are used progressively on the tablets according to the age of the students, discover our Progressive Use of Technology chart below.


Can students play games on their iPads at school?

Upon receipt of the iPad, parents are requested to create a new Apple ID for the device in order to allow the school to push the necessary apps.

Parents are strongly encouraged not to provide their children with the password. No school-related apps or materials provided by the school require the use of a password by the student.

The school has very strict guidelines as to what sort of material is allowed on the iPad.

Game applications on the iPad are not authorised. Students may only use their iPads for personal use during lunchtime (between 12.05pm and 1.15pm) and only in the student lounge. iPads must be kept in bags while students are at the canteen.

The school will carry out random checks on the content of iPads. The installation or use of Virtual Private Networks is strictly forbidden.


What iPad management software or internet security is in place in school?

The school is protected by Sophos security software which is specifically designed for education and currently protects more 100 million users in 150 countries for endpoint communication, encryption, as well as network, email and mobile security.

Student internet access on school premises is submitted to the rigorous control of policies that allow or block certain categories of websites including alcohol and tobacco sites, blogs and forums, criminal activity, online gaming and adult or sexually explicit content.

The school only permits Google Safe Search which adds an extra level of protection.

What sort of textbooks do students use at school?

The lycée has decided to order online textbooks for various reasons :

- all the resources used in class are accessible through the iPad in Secondary which allows students to have everything with them in class but also at home when doing homework

- students are able to add comments, notes, maps, diagrams to the online books and lessons which would otherwise be impossible on paper textbooks.

In the Primary school, students use a mix of paper text books and some online resources for Year 5 and Year 6.


How can I track my child's progress in class?

Pronote which parents can use on a daily basis is a very precious online tool to follow student homework, progress and performance at any time. This will also be accessible to Primary parents end November 2017.

To follow student’s progress Secondary parents also have access to the software Google Classroom, where they can be “invited” to the class as a "guardian", they are thus able to see progress made in the programme.

Our teachers are always available to speak with any parent wishing to have more information about their child beyond the parent/teacher meetings each semester.


How much handwriting do Secondary students do vs typing on their tablets?

We encourage our students to use whichever support best suits them for note taking: tablets but also paper, notebooks, binders...This is also true for homework handed in, we accept any presentation. We feel this provides students with greater autonomy as they are able to choose for themselves what best suits their learning style, an essential element in the values we wish to share with them.

Throughout the year, all Secondary students have written tests on paper in each of the topics they take. Furthermore, Upper Secondary students have graded 4-hour mock exams on Saturdays so they practice in real exam conditions.


What future can we expect for our children after leaving school ?

As evidenced by the matriculation results in the 498 schools of the AEFE global network, of which we are a member, with the French Baccaulaureat, students can successfully apply to any university in the world as well as to “classes préparatoires” in France. Universities today are indeed particularly interested in bilingual, multicultural students, such as ours.

Our goal is to create a truly modern school where the teaching philosophy is centered on opening the minds of pupils, unlocking and stimulating their intellectual progress and personal development.

In addition to a culture of excellence in teaching and learning, we offer two in-house services to help our students with their personal path:

  • A Learning Specialist Service
  • A Career and Orientation Service to prepare them from a very early stage for the selection and admission processes of internationally recognised universities, especially in the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the United States.

How do you handle bilingualism ?

We offer the complete French curriculum, infused with English language and literature. Parts of humanities and sciences are also taught in English by native speakers. Students must learn to think in another language and look at problems from a variety of cultural perspectives, as they learn with teachers from a variety of backgrounds.

The percentage of classes taught in English grows from 20 % in Year 1 to 40 % in Year 4 and thereafter. For more details, please see our Teaching and Learning Policy on the dedicated tab of our website.

What qualifications do you offer ?

At present we are prepare our Year 10 students for the French Brevet des Collèges (official French equivalent of the GCSE).

From Year 11 to Year 13, we offer the three traditional paths of S (Sciences), ES (Economics) and L (French literature) of the French Baccalauréat with or without the OIB (Option Internationale du Bac) .

In September 2018, the Lycée will offer a new English International Programme, starting from Year 7 for English speakers, the programme will lead to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP)* in Years 12 and 13. Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education — that we believe is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.



Are our children safe at school ?

The safety of our students is our number one priority. We comply with every legal aspect required for our activity and every member of our staff undergoes a thorough screening process and a background check. Additionally, since day one we made a point of having a very tight security system in place. We cannot disclose details for obvious security reasons but we can confidently say that we enlisted the services of a highly trained and competent security team to keep our community safe. No one can show up at school unannounced and the identity of anyone coming to our premises is checked.

Is there an after school activity programme ?

We currently offer over 30 after school activities which cover a variety of interests including numerous sports, theatre, dance, chess, robotics, cooking and language support clubs to name a few. We work with prestigious partners such as Serge Betsen Rugby, First Hand Experiences, etc.

Who is considered for admission ?

We accept children 5 years of age and over from Year 1 to Year 12 (Grande Section Maternelle to Premiere ES, S and L) in 2016, and Year 13 (Terminale) in 2017. French-speaking students can apply for all levels. We also welcome non French speaking students in Years 1 and 2. Please refer to our Admissions Policy or contact our Admissions Office for more details.

Are scholarships available ?

At least two scholarship options are available.

For French citizens: Consulat Général de France

If your child is a French national, the Social Services of the French Consulate manages a scholarship programme. Applications for the 2016/2017 year must be filed between 4 January and 19 February.

For further information please click on the link below

http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/Enseignement-Bourses-...

or contact social.londres-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

For all students: French Scholarship Foundation - FSF
(Registered charity number: 1160628)

The FSF is a UK-based charity that helps children in need of financial assistance to continue their education in a bilingual environment at the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres and the new Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill.

For further information please contact: info@lyceeinternational.london

How can I help the school ?

Hermès

Hermès has created this year a limited edition silk scarf to raise funds for the French Scholarship Foundation. The proceeds from the sale will help children from CFBL and Lycée Winston Churchill whose families are enduring financial hardship. The scarves are available at Hermès stores in London as well as online. Stocks are limited.

http://uk.hermes.com/la-maison-des-carres/les-conf...

Amazon Partnership

The school has partnered with Amazon to help support our Webliotheque. It is easy and it cost you nothing. All you need to do is use the links below and a percentage of the total sales will be credited to our account to help maintain and grow our collections.

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&...

Amazon France:

http://www.amazon.fr/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1642&cre...


All forms of donations are welcome. The Head of School will be delighted to provide more information on this subject.