College Francais Bilingue De Londres

Primary & Secondary
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87 Holmes Road

Head:  Francois Xavier Gabet

Telephone: 02079937400

Pupils: 695

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 5 to 16

Type: Other independent school

Boarding: No


School Description by Ofsted

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The Collège Français Bilingue de Londres is situated in Kentish Town, in the London Borough of Camden.

It opened in September 2011 with a permitted maximum of 640 boys and girls aged from five to 15 years. It is currently registered for up to 700 pupils. The collège is conventionné (contracted) to the Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger (AEFE). It teaches the French National Curriculum within a bilingual framework. In the primary department, half of the curriculum time is taught in French and half in English. In the secondary department, pupils study a common core of subjects and follow two distinct pathways, a bilingual one and a multilingual one.

The collège does not use any alternative provision. It provides after-school care until 6.00pm for pupils aged from five to 11 years. The collège was first inspected in December 2011 when it did not meet all of the standards for independent schools and the education provided was judged as satisfactory. A progress monitoring visit, carried out in July 2012, found that the collège had implemented its action plan satisfactorily and met all requirements.

There are currently 693 pupils on roll, including 340 pupils in the primary department and 353 pupils in the secondary department. None of the pupils has a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils are French and British, but other nationalities are represented. For 60% of pupils, English is a second language. In the last year of collège, pupils take the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB). The leadership structure includes a principal who oversees the whole school, a primary headteacher, two deputy headteachers and subject leaders. In conformity with the French system of education, the responsibility of carrying most of the checks on teaching and learning, and of appraising most staff, is shouldered by French inspectors, not by the senior leaders. Where permitted by the employment status of some teachers, the senior leaders may appraise them. There is a board of trustees whose role includes: checking that the school complies with the standards for independent schools in the United Kingdom; overseeing financial and human resources matters; and supporting the development of the school. However, its role does not include holding the school to account for the quality of education, a function fulfilled by the French inspectors and the AEFE.

The collège aims to: - `provide a French education for French, British and other nationalities living in London' - incorporate aspects of English education into the curriculum and to ensure that pupils are bilingual in French and English - provide a safe, secure and pleasant environment.

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