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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 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 September 2018, Françoise Zurbach, who has been teacher, pedagogical counsellor, and head of school in France and London for more over 35 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 where she spent 20 years as head of school in a French primary school before moving to London in 2013 as head of Wix Primary.


EIFA opened as a primary school in 2013 and extended to a senior school in 2015. It is non-selective, with admission based on an application form and school reports. The school does not require fluency in English or French for entries up to year 8.

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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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