Schooling in the French, English or “international baccalaureate” system in London (United Kingdom)

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Introduction
1 – The choice of schooling in the French system
The French education system in the UK
The different types of French and bilingual schools
Tuition and registration fees for French and bilingual schools
The choice of a French education in addition to an enrollment in an English school
2 – Choosing an education in the English system
The British education system
The English public system, or “State school”
Enrollment in English public schools
The English private system
3 – Choosing an education in the “International Baccalaureate” system
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program
International Baccalaureate schools in London
Enrollment in International Baccalaureate schools in London
Introduction
Finding and enrolling your children in the right school in London can be an uphill battle, especially when you are unfamiliar or unfamiliar with the different coexisting systems. Don’t panic, this file should help you find the best school for your little darlings.

First of all, it is good to know that schools in the United Kingdom are subject to inspections by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). Inspectors visit the schools and issue reports based on different criteria (education, security, etc.). These reports are a wealth of information, very useful to parents of students when they wish to know the level of these establishments.

1 – The choice of schooling in the French system
Smiling pupils at the French school in LondonThe French education system in the United Kingdom
French schools in the United Kingdom fall into the category of “Independent School”, like any school not managed by a local or national British authority. It follows concretely for families that all of their children’s school fees in the French system are at their sole expense.

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The only exception to this rule is the request for a scholarship from the Consulate General of France in London in the event of registration in an establishment under contract, approved or approved by the French Ministry of National Education.

The different types of French and bilingual schools
We prefer not to use the French dichotomy “Public School / Private School” to distinguish these different establishments, because it does not correspond to any legal reality and is therefore not relevant. Instead, it is rather necessary to check, for each school, its status and its links with the French State. Here are the different statuses:

Schools under contract
These establishments are managed by the Ministry of National Education via the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE). The program taught is identical to that given in France. They are: Charles de Gaulle High School in South Kensington and its three primary school annexes, Wix School (Clapham), Marie d’Orliac School (Fulham) and André Malraux School (Ealing). Unless the family wishes otherwise, CM2 students from these establishments benefit from an automatic transfer to the 6th grade classes of the Lycée Charles de Gaulle.

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The approved schools
These schools are self-managed with their own management per establishment, but they receive state aid in the form of teaching posts (public service delegation). The French State also guaranteed the loans contracted to finance their creation. They follow the French curriculum, are inspected by the National Education and partners of the AEFE.

Approved schools
These schools follow the French curriculum, are inspected by the National Education and partners of the AEFE. A privileged bridge exists for these establishments between the end of CM2 class towards the 6th grade classes of the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, the CFBL or the Lycée International Winston Churchill.

Unaccredited schools
They have no administrative link with the French State. They provide education in French but without a legal obligation to respect the National Education program.

Tuition and registration fees for French and bilingual schools
The registration schedule varies depending on the type of establishment.

Find out about school sites in the fall before the start of the school year to have the calendar in mind. Some schools change their calendar slightly from year to year.

For admissions to English public bilingual schools, see our chapter on enrollments in English public schools below.

Registrations during the year are possible but will depend on the places available in the respective classes.

Tuition fees are up to £20,000 per school year per child, except for schools

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