Once again, our students have gained superb iGCSE and GCSE examination results!

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Weekly Art classes for adults, teenagers and children - Drawing, Painting, Print Making GCSE/Alevel

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in small group classes (max 10) or on an individual basis.

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Welcome to
The Old School

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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

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Latest News

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.

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

email: info@oldschoolfrance.com

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.

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 info@oldschoolfrance.com 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.

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

email: info@oldschoolfrance.com

47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 40 60 54

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