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Emphasis on rote learning and neatness, with a strict French national curriculum to follow {with} emphasis on reading and writing only {from} year 2. Pupils seem to reach a surprisingly high level of English thanks to some inspirational English teaching; all of the pupils we spoke to slipped easily from one language to another. If pupils had come from schools in France, they appreciated the art and music and sport here...

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What the parents say...

My three children have been going to the Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert for over 7 years now. The older two have successfully moved on to the French Lycee in London and our youngest one is still in year 4 equivalent at the school. It's a relatively small school with only 2 classes per year group, and about 20-24 pupils per class, which provides a caring friendly environment, in which children flourish. It's a French school located in Central / West London, in a lovely residential area. It teaches the French curriculum, but a large proportion of pupils there are bi-national, with many different international backgrounds. The school has recently overhauled its English department and the English curriculum, which is taught on top of the French one, is ambitious, with some pupils successfully applying to leading 11+ independent schools when they leave Jacques Prevert. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2018, and has now been rated Outstanding for 7 years in a row. The school's fees are the most affordable of all independent French schools in London, with c. £2000/term - exceptional value for money for parents interested in an international education for their children. Finally, the school prides itself in its large choice of extra-curricular activities available, from judo, handball, rugby, football to Zumba, chess, computing, cooking etc.

Commented on 16th May 2018

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Since 2016, Delphine Gentil, who was a head for 10 years in a country school in France before applying to the French authorities to be moved to Jacques Prevert. She is in London with her two children, who attend the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, and her husband commutes regularly from France. She is sporty and cycles and swims regularly. Cheerful, enthusiastic and clearly hardworking, she is thrilled to be in London and hopes to extend the minimum three year contract (maximum allowed by the French state is five years).

She is enamoured by the greater freedom she has in England regarding the curriculum, the budget choices and the collaborative work between London’s French schools. More pastoral care, more awareness of the need to support pupils with SEN (her special area...

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