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The Lycée is part of a network of around 500 schools that bring the French curriculum and a slice of French life to more than 130 countries worldwide...Primary years are rigorous. One father told us that it’s all about ‘learning self discipline and resilience.’ Following a very precise curriculum from day one, there is a focus that ensures a reliable and consistent education almost anywhere in the world. This isn’t lost on the jet-set: Madonna signed her whole brood up and the offspring of the rich and famous are fairly common

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The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle has been offering world-class education for over a century, giving pupils the option of French, Bilingual and British curricula. Today, our community welcomes more than forty nationalities and encourages confidence, solidarity and ambition.
Our school makes a simple and honest commitment: to offer each of our 3450 pupils the best conditions in which to realise their academic potential, to allow them to develop and thrive in a peaceful environment and to enable them to achieve the level of excellence required to enter their chosen courses. Consistent outstanding final exams results give our students access to the most competitive universities and further education institutions worldwide.
This has remained our pledge to families since 1915. Thanks to our multilingual, multicultural and multidisciplinary education, we nurture each individual with care and equip them to become the global citizens of tomorrow.

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.
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Since September 2023, Catherine Bellus-Ferreira. Former English teacher (as a second language in the French education system), she gained her first school headship in 2003 and since then, has directed various schools in France (in Normandy and the South) before heading the Lycée Pierre Deschamps in Alicante (Spain) and the Groupe Scolaire Louis Massignon in Casablanca (Morocco).

Head of the British Section (La Section Brittanique) is Mr Simon McNaught, (BA PGCE), a former language teacher. A ‘deputy head’ within the Lycée hierarchy, his post is not time-limited, unlike the head's. The amiable McNaught worked at inner London state schools before signing up at the Lycée in 2016. He seems very at home here; over a tasty lunch in the staff-only bit of the school canteen, he explains, with a hint of...

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Special Education Needs

The school has a part time school psychologist and also a part time speech therapist on site. Special needs are catered for on an individual basis by the form Teacher and Head of Year with reference to the professionals mentioned above.

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