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Ticks the right boxes for families who appreciate a certain discipline associated with French education (we saw lots of immaculate handwriting), and the opportunity to acquire or maintain French language fluency, but who at the same time like the quirkiness of an international school. Year 2 pupils were the proud to be the winners of a recent European film competition for the animated movie they created. Parents told us of a trip to Brussels where the students had a hand in crafting an EU law on the environment...

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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 16 years old. From nursery to Year 11, the school creatively combines the rigorous approach of the Frech 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 is a candidate for the International Baccalaureat, which should be introduced from September 2020. ...Read more

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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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Executive Head

Since September 2018, co-founder Isabelle Faulkner, Quebec lawyer and English solicitor; she has two children, one in university and the youngest finishing his IB diploma.

Head of school since September 2018 is Françoise Zurbach, who has been teacher, pedagogical counsellor, and head of school in France and London for more than 20 years. With a French father and English mother, she spent her first 10 years at an English school in Montreal, moving to France and continuing her education in the French system. She spent 20 years teaching in a small French primary school, moving to head Wix primary in London in 2013.

Academic matters

Nursery children in Little EIFA follow the EYFS, taught in French and English; therefore children learn literacy and reading at an earlier age than would be the...

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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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