- What is the atmosphere like at the school? What makes it unique?
- How is technology used at the school?
- How does the school monitor the use of tablet computers?
- What sort of textbooks do students use at school?
- How can I track my child’s progress in class?
- How much do Secondary students write by hand vs. typing on their tablets?
- What future can we expect for our children after leaving school?
- How do you handle bilingualism?
- What qualifications or degrees do you offer?
- Are our children safe at school?
- Is there an after-school activity programme?
- Who is considered for admission?
- Are scholarships available?
Our rigorous and innovative bilingual programme teaches 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 every student’s individual character while highlight each’s unique talents. Our teachers are also available for one-on-one support during the school day.
Under the guidance of our school counsellor, 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.
Technology is only a tool. Those who know how to use it effectively are better able to embrace change and have a head start in an ever-changing world . Our founding Year 1 students will graduate in 2028. Our responsibility is not just to give students tools to make sense of their world but also mastery of those tools — thus preparing them to find their place actively and responsibly in the world of tomorrow.
After careful consideration, we have chosen to use tablet computers in and out of our classrooms because they are particularly useful in supporting and developing the 21st century skills of creativity and collaboration. Tablets are also uniquely suited to helping differentiate the learning experience according to each student’s abilities. Accessed securely through tablets, the internet further opens the door to infinite intellectual resources. Bringing traditional teaching methods to the next level, we ensure that students are able to sift safely and judiciously through limitless available data and find the information they need.
All of our classrooms are connected and interactive, including our Weblibrary (Webliothèque). The interaction with teaching and learning content has decisively changed over the past decade. Technology allows faster (as well as on-demand) access, sharing, interaction, and feedback with teachers and other students. It also enables new and efficient teaching methods and affords access to audiovisual materials designed for already digital-savvy pupils.
Having a dedicated portal for communication of homework to results also enhances the interaction between our families and our school, helping further strengthen our community.
The iPad is a powerful educational tool that the school provides for academic purposes only.
Which students have access to iPads?
In the Primary School, Year 5 and 6 students (CM1 and CM2) have access to Apple iPads to enhance lessons and academic activities under a teacher’s supervision only. iPads are not taken home. Younger students make occasional use of offline iPads in the classroom, again under strict guidance.
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?
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. For more on how technology use is rolled out to students, see the 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 12:05 pm and 1:15 pm) 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 and 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 access to some websites and or block categories such as 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.
Lycée Winston Churchill uses 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, and diagrams to the online books — things not possible with paper textbooks.
- In the Primary school, students use a mix of paper text books and some online resources for Year 5 and Year 6.
The school uses an online software programme called Pronote that lets parents track homework assignments and student progress and performance at any time.
Parents of Secondary students also have access to the Google Classroom software suite, which allows them to be “invited” to classes as a “guardian” to observe student progress and interaction.
Our teachers are always available to speak with parents wishing to have more information about their children beyond the regular parent/teacher meetings each semester.
We encourage our students to use whichever medium best suits them for note taking: tablets, paper, notebooks, binders...
This is also true for homework assignments, which are accepted in any format. This gives students greater autonomy because they 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 four-hour mock exams on Saturdays for practice in real exam conditions.
As evidenced by the matriculation results in the 498 schools of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) global network, of which we are a member, students who have passed the French Baccaulauréat can successfully apply to any university in the world as well as to “classes préparatoires” in France. Universities today are particularly interested in bilingual, multicultural students such as ours.
Our goal is to create a truly modern school where the teaching philosophy is centred 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:
In Primary, the curriculum is divided between two class teachers. Instruction is in English 50% of the time from Year 1/GSM to Year 6/CM2 . Each class year meets daily with one French-speaking and one English-speaking teacher, coordinating as well with speciality teachers in subjects such as PE, language, and music.
In Secondary, the Bac Français course is split into 70% French and 30% English, while the English International Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme are 70% in English and 30% in French.
For more details, please see our Teaching and Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
Our Year 10/3ème students take the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), the French equivalent of the GCSE. We have enjoyed a 100% pass rate on the Brevet.
In years 12 and 13 (Première and Terminale) students pursue the French Baccalauréat, with or without the OIB (Option Internationale du Bac). Since the the reform of the Bac in September 2019, students no longer choose among the three traditional pathways (S/ES/L); instead, they select three enseignements de spécialité in Première, as well as following core subjects.
In the autumn of 2018, Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill also began offering a new English International Programme, starting from Year 7 for English speakers, which feeds into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)* in Years 12 and 13. The Lycée became an IB World School in 2019 and started offering the IBDP in September of that year. The programme will expand to Years 12 and 13 in September 2020.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high-quality, challenging, and international education — that we believe is important to shaping well-rounded students.
* Only schools authorised by the Geneva-based 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).
The safety of our students is our number one priority. We comply with every legal requirement on our activities, and every member of our staff undergoes a thorough screening process and background check. Additionally, since day one we have made a point of having a very tight school security system. We cannot disclose details for obvious reasons, but we have enlisted the services of a highly trained and competent security team to keep our community safe. No one can show up at the school unannounced, and the identity of anyone coming to our premises is checked.
We currently offer more than 20 after-school activities that cover a variety of interests, including numerous sports, theatre, dance, chess, robotics, cooking, and language support clubs. We also work with prestigious partners such as Serge Betsen Rugby, First Hand Experiences, The Art-Insight, and others.
Our current student body includes children aged 5 and over for school years from Year 1/GSM to Year 13/Terminale. French-speaking students can apply for all levels.
Starting in September 2020, we will add Nursery and Reception (PS and MS) for three- and four-year-olds. They can arrive at the school speaking either French or English and will be smoothly integrated, thanks to our bilingual educational programme.
We also welcome non-French speaking students in the English International Programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme track starting with Year 7. Please refer to our Admissions Policy or contact our Admissions Office for more details.
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.
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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.
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