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This is a huge institution yet parents say children are happy, well taught and love the cultural diversity. Over the years the Lycée has spread and now occupies a city block across from the Natural History Museum. If approaching the area during pick-up you’ll think you’ve alighted at the wrong end of the Eurostar. With such an enormous student body, parents’ reports are mixed. Some parents insist the kids ‘don’t get lost, are well looked after,’ while others say…

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What the school says...

Entrance criteria as follows: 4 - will accept any French children, very few for non-french (brothers and sisters). 4 - 11 priority to any child who has started their education in the French system, at home or abroad - to allow them continuation. 14 Few places to study GCSEs as priority is given to pupils already in the school. 16 Some places for the sixth form. French test compulsory - all pupils in the British Section must do French A-Level. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

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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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Since 2012, Mr Olivier Rauch. Degrees in history and geography from University of Lyon as well as Agrégation (French civil servant educational leadership qualification). Previously head of lycée in Rabat and a lycée in Toulouse (which included a preparatory programme for the prestigious Grandes Écoles). Started career as a history and geography teacher. Married, with three grown up children who live abroad.

Urbane and distinguished, he is confident in his preparation, knowledge and previous experience of running large French lycées, yet a touch of humility makes for easy conversation. He’s also head of the three satellite primary feeder schools.

Since the launch of a new school in Wembley in 2015, he and his leadership team have been working on the bigger problem of how to redistribute London’s...

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