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This is bilingual teaching done well - English pupils are challenged to raise their standard and French pupils not allowed to coast in French lessons, but are pushed to improve too. ‘We chose this school because we wanted both languages and cultures taught and didn’t want to lose one or the other.' Very little outdoor space - each balcony and terrace used to the utmost with little ones using climbing blocks and playhouses, and older ones using the basketball nets. Longer playtimes involve donning wellington boots and going into Bedford Square...

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École Jeannine Manuel in London is a French, bilingual, international school which opened in September 2015 in three contiguous mansions on Bedford Square, steps from the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Looking beyond French and bi-national families, we welcome pupils from all nationalities, cultural traditions and native languages from 3 years old. This year, the school admitted pupils through Year 11. Starting from September 2019, we shall enrol pupils through Year 12 and gradually thereafter to Year 13.
Our curriculum is based on an enriched, bilingual adaptation of the French national curriculum, including English, Science and Chinese programmes developed by and for the school and inspired by our core vision: to promote international understanding through a bilingual education.
École Jeannine Manuel is the sister school of its Paris namesake, a UNESCO associated school founded in 1954 and one of France’s most prestigious schools ranked top French Lycée for the fifth consecutive year. The London school is an Ofsted-registered British “Charity;” it shares the Paris school’s commitment to pedagogical innovation through the search for best practices with the aim to have pupils who are happy to come to school to think, do and share with others.
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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since the school opened in 2015, Pauline Prévot (40s). Degree in biology and science education from Versailles and Saint Quentin University and a DESS, or masters, in computer science. Her first job was with École Jeannine Manuel in Paris where she taught for 12 years, joining the maths department then becoming science and maths lead and head of computing. She developed a Jeannine Manuel maths curriculum that is about critical thinking and working maths out in an experimental and experiential manner, and was thrilled by the opportunity to move to the brand new site in London, which she loves. Her husband is the financial director at the school, her two children are pupils here and they live five minutes away. She is hoping to stay for some time to come.

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