During this period of containment because of COVID 19, all teaching is being delivered remotely.

Administration is being maintained remotely via email.

Our phones are not being answered in the school, we are putting a call divert in place for 0033 5 53 64 24 97 and 0033 5 53 40 60 54
Calls will come through to Julie.

Julie's mobile number is 00 33 6 26 57 11 27 for calls or text.

We are answering private messages on the school Facebook page.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch. School is technically open, albeit we are working from home, like everyone else.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during this unusual period.

Joel Bailey and Daniele Birchall
Director and Directrice

Lessons continue throughout the shutdown

Thanks to our fabulous teaching team, supportive parents and a huge touch of kindness from Zoom, we are up and running with our regular timetable using remote video and audio, including data sharing to maintain lessons.

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Our students have loved their lessons. We've been effectively delivering GCSE and A level subjects remotely, over video for the past year, no reason why we can't extend this service globally.

If anyone has any questions about homeschooling or maintaining their child's education programme whilst we are social distancing, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Lessons start from as little as €10 per hour depending on the package.

We hope that everyone is safe and well and that we will all be back together again, face to face, soon.

Joel Bailey

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Welcome to
The Old School

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2019 has been an exciting year for The Old School.

Not only have we maintained our high academic standard this year, we have broadened educational opportunities and diversified to facilitate access and inclusion for all learners. Our Special Educational Needs team can screen, support and devise strategies to enable the best outcomes for all students in the classroom, socially and in exam conditions (in line with JCQ guidelines).

Most lessons are delivered from our new dedicated premises in Monbahus 47290, with St Colomb de Lauzun as a focus for English classes for children aged 5-11, adult learning, quiet study, monthly Art & Design workshops and examinations.

This year The Old School has been busy developing community learning projects across the region to enhance language development and cultural diversity. These projects focus on partnerships with local communes and are active in; Allemans Du Dropt, St Colomb de Lauzun and Monbahus.

Developments in technology has provided distant and remote learning possibilities. Our 'Global Classroom' is outreaching to different regions nationwide and in many other countries.

Many former students graduated from university this year, achieving degrees in a wide range of subjects from International Relations, Journalism, Psychology to Music and Performing Arts. Congratulations to all!

As 2019 comes to a close, we look forward to new opportunities, possibilities and positive achievements in 2020.

Merry Christmas!

Joel Bailey

Danièle Brichall

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This year sees the addition of Latin to the timetable at The Old School. With over 50% of English words and nearly 90% of French words having their root in Latin, the study of the language, as well as being great fun, provides invaluable support across the curriculum. Moreover, the ability to deal with a classical language is still seen as a notable addition to any CV.

Chris Brannam, who has taught the subject to GCSE Level and beyond for over 25 years, will be offering classes to both beginners and those who have studied the subject before. The timings of the lessons will very much depend upon gaps in individual timetables, but a session on Friday afternoons between 4 and 6 p.m. has been provisionally allocated.

If your son/daughter would like to give the subject an initial try, please contact me at giving details of their level of experience and when they have free time in the timetable.

If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to speak to Chris at school.

Latest News

Rob Jamieson from Pearson Edexcel - Monbahus Inauguration 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Old School has today welcomed existing and new students into the newly renovated day school building in Monbahus 47290.

We will continue to deliver; French language, Art & Design, English Literacy for children aged 4-11, French History and Citizenship, Mathematics, Music, Drama and Performance to our local international community at the school in St Colomb de Lauzun.

Our Edexcel GCSE and A level exam centre will remain at St Colomb de Lauzun.

Our contact details are updated as follows:

St Colomb de Lauzun 0553642497
Monbahus 0553406054
Mobile & text 0627571127

Please get in touch if you would like to enrol in our classes and groups.


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Horaires du bureau

Office hours

8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday

8h30 à 16h du lundi au vendredi

Telephone :
05 53 40 60 54 Monbahus
05 53 64 24 97 St Colomb de Lauzun
06 26 57 11 27 portable/sms


GCSE Art & Design
Our students are following the exam criteria as set by Pearson Edexcel.

GCSE Art & Design (9-1) is a 100% taught course (unit 1) with an externally set assignment in yr 2 (Unit 2).   

Equipment List for all Students
updated Equipment List for 2019 / 2020   

Complementary iGCSE and GCSE studies for anglophones

For many families whose children are studying in French education establishments, they recognise the added value of complementary studies in English with an aim to follow iGCSE studies in tandem with the pursuit of the Brevet diploma attained in collège.   

GCSE and A level Music courses for young people (12+) and adults

One weekend each month, students come to the school to complete their Music coursework and take guidance and teaching, in order to prepare for the GCSE or A level Music examinations.   

Art & Design Saturday Workshops

Attend the French education system, but feel your children could excel in the Arts?

Fitting this around the weekly schedule of any Collégien or Lycéen is difficult, which is why, for the past two years, we have run our monthly Art & Design workshops on a Saturday, achieving amazing results.

The course starts on 17th September, however, students can start mid term, throughout the school year.

Theatre School Autumn Term

A challenging and fun term of intensive workshops in music, drama and dance, culminating in an end of term performance.

As featured in The Local Buzz

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The Old School was featured on TV.
France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine reports on the activities and success of our school

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The Old School is an independent international Collège and Lycée, recognised by the Academie de Bordeaux RNE 0471040A.

The Old School specialises in positive education outcomes for children, young people and families.

The qualified specialist team at The Old School place equal share on maintaining academic achievement and the development of emotional intelligence, personal and social education. This approach underpins the professional strategies to assist children, young people and families when making the transition to France.

The Old School is not just about academic success, although it is a high achieving school. The focus is on the holistic needs of the learner. An underlying philosophy is happiness in education. An open and transparent approach, where staff work for, and on behalf of, children, young people and families. This cooperative and empowering professional relationship enables success and high achievement.

Whilst the teaching is in English, The Old School is committed to social cohesion and is fully embedded within its local French community. This unique opportunity allows meaningful and real cultural experiences, assistance from reliable sources to enable successful relocation, language development and genuine cultural experiences.

True education empowers the individual to effect positive change. Education challenges prejudice, hatred, and enables empathy and positive emotional intelligence to achieve success.

The Old School is an approved Edexcel examination centre, with facilities for external students to take iGCSE, GCSE and A level examinations whilst in France. We are proud of our consistently excellent examination results.

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Aidez vos enfants à apprendre l’anglais par l’intermédiaire de la musique, des jeux, de l’expression théâtrale et de l’art plastique

Des séances ludiques et créatives en anglais pour les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes

Découvrir la langue de Shakespeare grâce à la culture et à l’art contemporains

Développement linguistique, social et personnel à l’aide de la créativité
Nous sommes ouverts et accessibles pour développer des ateliers et des leçons qui peuvent aider chacun à améliorer son niveau en anglais


An English language school following the English School curriculum, based near Bergerac in South West France. English school in France.


Examination Centre


As an Edexcel approved examination centre The Old School will be running IGCSE/GCSE and A level examinations in May and June and would like to invite external candidates to access these examinations without the need to return to the UK.

Edexcel centre number 90241


47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 40 60 54

The Old School : College - Lycée
Etablissement d’enseignement secondaire privé hors contrat RNE 0471040A