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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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CFBL‘s education is based on bilingual and bi-cultural teaching methods accredited by the French ministère de l'Éducation nationale. CFBL is part of the AEFE, a French public institution working under the aegis of the French ministère des Affaires étrangères, which oversees a network of almost 500 schools worldwide.
CFBL can welcome, in its Victorian renovated school in Kentish Town, up to 700 francophone pupils from GSM (year 1) to 3ème (year 9).
The Collège Français Bilingue de Londres offers a bilingual and bicultural curriculum defined by the French ministère de l'Éducation nationale. 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. For both streams, various subjects are taught only in 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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Since 2011, François-Xavier Gabet (50s). He has degrees from University of Lille – in teaching French and French as a second language. Has taught in French schools in France, Saudi Arabia, USA and Australia and was a French language adviser to the US state of Louisiana. Set up the first bilingual French/English school in Melbourne (while also teaching at Monash University).

He was the ideal founding head for this newish London school and arrived a year before it opened – to plan every facet. Despite his traditional website photo, when we met him he was fashionably turned out in jeans, turtleneck jumper and blazer – looking more like a high-tech dot-com CEO on London’s Silicon Roundabout than what one might expect of the head of a prestigious French school.

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