Welcome to 2019.
The new term is underway and teachers and students are busily preparing for mock exams for the upper school. It is important that this exercise is approached seriously as it provides an opportunity to develop robust strategies for public examinations in May and June. Students need to work collaboratively with their teachers, form study groups and manage their time effectively. This will enable them to achieve their full academic potential.
Students undertaking creative subjects need to focus on the final stages of their portfolio studies, devised pieces and recordings. I look forward to inviting an audience to the moderated Drama performance at the Salle des Fetes on Friday 29th March.
The enrolment window for GCSE and A Level examinations is open now until 8th March 2019, for all internal and external candidates. This is an excellent opportunity for students studying in the French education system to attain English qualifications, enabling them to supplement their international education and portfolio of qualifications.
The dates for Art and Design moderation and exhibition will be confirmed shortly.
I am pleased to announce our continued involvement in the Pierre Bellmare Writing Competition, which is an international event, open to French language students around the world. Since 2015, our students have participated, been shortlisted and have achieved Bronze and Silver in their respected categories. We're hoping for Gold!
Congratulations to Key Stage 3 students who continue to achieve impressive academic results.
It is a pleasure to welcome new students to the lower school for literacy and language development and exciting new drama and art projects, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Our association with College and Lycée St Joseph in Perigueux continues to flourish. We welcomed students to our school last term for a highly successful international debate and discussion, followed by afternoon tea and fabulous cakes provided by our parents. The reciprocal trip will be announced shortly.
It is pleasing to see the continued expansion of our distance learning provision to remote students. Technology working with education, breaking down barriers and kilometres!
It is always a privilege to see the development of the young people and I wish them every success in their continued studies.
J S Bailey MA
Director of Learning
Volunteer Classroom Helpers
to work with French speaking children aged 4 to 11 in a primary school environment, close to Miramont de Guyenne 47800.
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Equipment List for all Students
updated Equipment List for 2018 / 2019
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.
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.
Our examination centre has been established since 2010, providing a valuable place for learners to accredit their studies and take their examinations in a peaceful academic environment.
It gives us immense pleasure to announce that The Old School has maintained its high examination pass rate for the eighth year running.
Congratulations to all students who studied, revised and achieved their iGCSE and GCSE results this year. We are very proud of your successes.
The team at The Old School sends our best wishes to those students that are leaving us, and continuing success for the future.
Well done, we look forward to the forthcoming academic year
Joel Seaton Bailey
Daniele Houareau Birchall
|Old School||UK average|
|Pass rate: 99%||Pass rate: 98.1%|
A*- A = 33%
A*- A = 25.8%
|Old School||UK average|
|Pass rate: 100%||Pass rate: 98.4%|
A*- C = 82%
A*- C = 66.1%
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.
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
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