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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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Meet Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle at the Independent Schools Show 2019, Stand 614

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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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 2018 Didier Devilard, previously proviseur of the Lycée Victor Hugo in Toulouse.

Academic matters

Lycée Charles de Gaulle is the premier French school in Britain and one of the largest in the world. The raison d’être is to provide French education leading to the French baccalaureate, regarded by many as one of the most robust school-leaving qualifications there is. With many dual national French-English families enrolled, the Lycée also offers I/GCSE and A levels.

The French model is divided into: maternelle (reception and year 1), primaire (years 2-6), college (years 7-10) and lycée (years 11-13). In primaire and college, the school offers the French curriculum in French. From the final year of college (year 10) students either move over to the British section to do GCSEs and IGCSEs followed by A...

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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

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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