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EIFA is the only school in the UK to teach all core subjects in both English and French to year 13, and parents choose it primarily for this reason. ‘We wanted our children to have a strong education and be able to speak French, not just to study it at the weekend,’ said one. Bilingualism puts considerable demands on organisation, but the school seems to manage admirably. Both French and English teachers are…

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EIFA International School ("EIFA") is an independent, co-ed, secular and international school that provides bilingual education in French and English to children aged 2 to 18 years old. From nursery to Year 11, the school creatively combines the rigorous approach of the French curriculum with the breadth, creativity, and excitement of the English one. From Year 10 onward students may follow an international program leading to Cambridge IGCSE qualifications at the end of Year 11. The school offers it students the opportunity to follow the International
Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (IB DP).
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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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Head of school

Since 2018, Françoise Zurbach, CAFIPEMF (spécialisé langues vivantes), Palmes académiques. With a French father and English mother, Madame Zurbach spent her earliest years in Canada before transferring to France, so she understands what it’s like to be thrown into the cultural deep end. (‘They saw me as this horrible English girl who murdered Jeanne d’Arc.’) After a first degree in English language and literature at the Université Paris-Est Créteil and teacher training at Etiolles, she spent 35 years as a teacher, pedagogical counsellor and head of school near Paris. A keen anglophile, once her own four children were grown, she applied to head the Annexe de Wix primary school in south London, a satellite of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle. ‘They asked me why I’d waited till 57, and I replied:...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

EIFA is able to support students with mild learning challenges. The school has a SENCo who manages a team of specialist consultants. They take care of specific educational needs such as mild dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD. There is no additional cost for this provision.

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