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Parents are very pleased with the school, many jumping through hoops to secure places. The pupils work long hours – the additional English language means more hours than usual – so parents should be clear on this before they enrol their children. This is in addition to the homework load. Though extracurricular activities don’t traditionally loom large on the French educational landscape, they do make a great effort at CFBL. More sports on tap here than is…

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What the school says...

CFBL‘s education is based on bilingual and bi-cultural teaching methods accredited by the French Ministry for Education. CFBL is part of the AEFE, a network of over 500 schools worldwide.
CFBL can welcome, in its Victorian renovated school in Kentish Town, up to 700 French-speaking pupils from Nursery to Year 10.
In primary school, each class is taught half of the time by a French native teacher and the other half by an English native teacher. In secondary school, CFBL offers two streams: multilingual or intensified English. This curriculum prepares the pupils for their entry into the upper secondary section of a French Lycée or into the English education system.
CFBL aims to foster academic excellence, adapted to the needs of each individual but also promote their personal development and well-being by offering a wide choice of activities within the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities in various fields.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2021, David Gassian, previously head of the primary school, having originally joined CFBL in 2013.


Due to the recent opening of new French schools in London, not as oversubscribed as previously. We hear that a maximum of 30 per cent of the places are allocated to children whose parents work for the consortium of French companies that helped to secure the school building. The list of partner companies is available for inspection if required.

Admissions priorities are: siblings (both primary and secondary), children from another official French school (local or abroad), including students following the CNED (the French distance-learning programme), then any miscellany of Francophones fortunate enough to get in. It seems there are some last-minute surprises. The nearby La Petite École is a popular feeder, while others opt for local...

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Special Education Needs

The school aims to enable pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to achieve their full potential by: ● upholding our commitment to being an inclusive school, where all members of the school community respect and care for each other ● identifying and assessing pupils with SEND as early and as thoroughly as possible and by offering appropriate advice ● fully involving parents/guardians and, where appropriate, the pupils themselves in the identification, assessment and delivery of SEND provision and striving for close cooperation between all ● working with the teachers of SEND pupils to ensure appropriate programmes of study and resources are put in place ● working with external agencies, where necessary, to allow the best possible progress for each individual CFBL is fully committed to Inclusion. All pupils at CFBL are offered help, advice and support if they have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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