London French school survey Dr Laurent Batut, Senior Education Consultant at Turenne Consulting, offers an overview of the French primary and secondary schools based in London
ince 1915, the growth of French schools in London has reflected particularly well the history of the French community in Britain’s capital. At present, the schools that are accredited by the French Government (écoles homologuées) in London form one of the most prominent and dynamic networks of French schools globally. In September 2016, more than 7,000 pupils were educated in these ten schools – with more than 80 per cent of students holding a French passport.
LYCÉE FRANÇAIS CHARLES DE GAULLE DE LONDRES Established: 1915 Address: 35 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2DG www.lyceefrancais.org.uk Size of school: 4,100 pupils (aged 4 to 18) Main site in South Kensington: 2,740 Ecole de Wix (Clapham): 390 Ecole André Malraux (Ealing): 270 Ecole Marie d’Orliac (Fulham): 700 Annual fees (excludes lunch): Nursery: £7,017 Bilingual section: £8,088 Primary: £5,385 Bilingual section: £6,570 Secondary: £6,570 British section: £11,271 Education offered: French curriculum (Brevet and Baccalauréat) and British section from Key Stage 4 and 6th Form (GCSEs and A-Levels).
L’ECOLE DES PETITS / L’ECOLE DE BATTERSEA Established: 1977 (Petits) and 2005 (Battersea) Address: 2 Hazlebury Road, London SW6 2NB (Petits) Trott Street, London SW11 3DS (Battersea) www.lecoledespetits.co.uk Size of school: 370 pupils (aged 3 to 11) L’Ecole des Petits (Fulham): 130 L’Ecole de Battersea (Battersea): 240 Annual fees (includes music and/or dance lessons and school trips): L’Ecole des Petits: from £11,640 to £11,895 L’Ecole de Battersea: £11,925 Education offered: French bilingual curriculum allowing parents to choose between French or English secondary schools at the end of primary. Pupils wear a uniform in both schools. Part of the cohort at L’Ecole des Petits progresses into primary at Lycée Charles de Gaulle.
LA PETITE ÉCOLE FRANÇAISE ECOLE FRANÇAISE DE LONDRES JACQUES PRÉVERT Established: 1974 Address: 59 Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7BE www.ecoleprevert.org.uk Size of school: 260 pupils (aged 4 to 11) Annual fees (includes sport kit and lunch): Nursery: £6,236 Primary: £5,600 Education offered: French curriculum. 22 - info - january / february 2017
Established: 1983 Address: 73 Saint Charles Square, London, W10 6EJ www.lapetiteecolefrancaise.co.uk Size of school: 140 pupils (aged 3 to 11) Annual fees (includes lunch): £8,850 Education offered: French curriculum. Places are limited in the primary section and half of the nursery cohort progresses into primary with a guaranteed place at other French schools.