Bilingual Education

Research has long established that pupils who learn more than one language at a young age develop better cognitive skills, from reading and concentration to problem-solving and conflict management. Through the challenge of forming images, ideas, and representations of the world in two languages, our pupils develop a nuanced view and a more open mind. The acquisition of fluency in English and French develops in parallel.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Pre-Reception and Reception
Our unique Early Years French-English language immersion programme is open to children from three years old. They are guided by two qualified teachers in the classroom who each teach in their native language. This setting creates the ideal conditions for bilingualism to flourish in a safe and nurturing environment.  Learn more about our EYFS here.

Literacy requirement: There is no English or French language requirement for entry into our Early Years Foundation Stage programme.

 

Primary
From Year 1 (GS) to Year 6 (CM2), half of classes are taught in English and half are taught in French by an English native speaker and a French native speaker. This is further complimented by specialty teachers in subjects such as physical education, art and music.  Learn more about our Primary section here.

Specialist teachers trained in EAL and FLE (English as an additional language and French as an additional language) support beginners in either language.

Literacy requirement: From Year 4 (CE2) pupils need to have a high level of fluency in French

 

Secondary – Year 7 to Year 11

At the beginning of Year 7 (6ème), pupils choose one of two pathways:

The International Track

The International Track leads to IGCSEs (Year 11) and the IB Diploma (Year 13) and is taught mainly in English and offers an opportunity for English speakers to join the school, or for existing students to focus on studying in English.

Literacy requirement: pupils enrolled in the International Track need to have a high level of fluency in English

OR

The French Track

The French Track leads to the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB) and Baccalauréat Français or the Baccalauréat Français International (BFI) and is taught mainly in French, with an enhanced English provision. This programme follows the French curriculum as defined by the French Ministère de l’Education from Year 7 to Year 13.

Literacy requirement: Pupils enrolled in the French Track need to have a high level of fluency in French

Both the International Track and the French Track introduce the formal study of a third modern language in Year 7.

 

Sixth Form
In Year 12 of the International Track, we welcome new pupils from outside the school who wish to join our existing students from the International Track (our EIP – English International Programme) here at the school to complete the two- year IB Diploma course in Years 12 and 13.

Literacy requirement: Pupils enrolled in the International Track need to have a high level of fluency in English.

 

From 1ere (Year 12) of the French Track pupils choose between preparing for the Baccalauréat Français or the Baccalauréat Français International (BFI) at the end of their Terminale (Year 13) year.

Literacy requirement: Pupils enrolled in the French Track need to have a high level of fluency in French.

 

Online Learning

There may be the possibility to attend the school via live classes online. This is considered on a case-by-case basis if you would like more information, please contact us.

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