Our History

An expectional site

The Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill occupies the site of the former Brent Town Hall, a 1940s Grade II listed building from the Art Deco period which was bought from Brent Council by the French Education Property Trust on 1 February 2012. The new campus is set over five acres, with 12,000 square metres of newly refurbished and purpose-built teaching spaces for the three levels of schooling (Primaire: reception – Year 6, Collège: Years 7-10, Lycée: Years 11-13).

The campus boasts multiple onsite sports facilities including a running track, three outdoor sports pitches and an indoor gymnasium. The new Annex building houses modern science classrooms and a large, bright dining area.

See our time lapse video of the construction of our new school


A tribute to historic French British relations

The Lycée International de Londres was officially named Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill on Saturday 24 January to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the former British Prime Minister’s death, on 24 January 1965. Its inaugural year also marks the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s first becoming British Prime Minister and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The lycée’s name was chosen in recognition of the crucial role played by Churchill in the victory of the Allied forces in World War Two and the 1944 Liberation of France.

The Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill opened its doors to its first group of students in September 2015.

“By naming the new French international lycée after Winston Churchill today, 50 years after his death, we remember the immensely important role he played in France’s past and make his memory present in our country’s future. We hope our new students joining will feel inspired by the legacy of this great historical figure.” Arnaud Vaissié, Chair of the Board of Trustees


School status

The Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill is an independent school set up by the French Education Charitable Trust (FECT). It joins the growing worldwide network of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), a government agency overseen by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The AEFE’s network today numbers 494 educational establishments in 135 countries. Around 330,000 students are educated in these schools, with French nationals making up 40% of the student body and the remaining 60% originating from other countries.