The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle de Londres is governed by the AEFE (Agence de l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger, a vast network with over 500 French schools in about 140 countries). 3,450 pupils are taught, spread over the main site in South Kensington and the 3 locations of its primary schools: Fulham, Clapham and Ealing.
Since its inception in 1915, the school has evolved: more than forty nationalities now make up its community. One thing has not changed though: its ability to develop educational practices whilst never losing sight of its tradition of excellence. Whichever section it be, British, International, Bilingual, Multilingual or French – this balance of tradition with modernity provides our students with a unique experience in an exceptional environment. For instance, the main site’s historic setting in South Kensington prides itself with Victorian features and World War II memories alongside state-of-the-art IT rooms and science labs, an auditorium, several fully equipped gymnasia, high-tech art studios and music rooms etc. Not to mention the French chef’s delicious cooking; the abundantly resourced libraries and their scholarly yet approachable librarians; or the knowledgeable and supportive Careers Department (annual higher education and career fair, and support for all UCAS and HE applications).
Delivering first-class education, this centennial institution offers various curricula leading towards public examinations (French brevet and baccalauréat, GCSEs, A-Levels) with consistent outstanding results. Typical success rates are 100% for the Brevet with over 74% “Très bien” honours and over 99% for the Baccalauréat (over 55% “Très bien” honours); in the British section, 100% for A-levels (over 79% A*/A) and 100% for GCSEs with 79% 9-7 grades.
Beyond the wide array of mainstream subjects in all fields of science and humanities, students can study and/or specialise in coding, law, economics, geopolitics, digital technology or IT, for example.
They also have plenty of opportunities to engage in individual or team sports and competitions; advance their artistic skills in drama, cinema, art, or music; get involved in charity work or environmental protection awareness…
Pupils receive personalised support by a dedicated international highly qualified teaching team and bilingual pastoral care staff ensuring success for all in a friendly and welcoming environment, promoting self-development and well-being. The Medical Centre even has a resident School Doctor, two nurses, a speech therapist and a drop-in counselling service catering for children’s’ physical and mental health needs.
The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle de Londres educates the global citizens of tomorrow. From an early age, pupils can become class or year group representatives, voicing their peers’ views at formal meetings or helping to organise events promoting their projects from student life perks (student halls’ equipment, games...) to entertainment events (charitable fundraisers, the talent and fashion shows, concerts and more).
The Lycée is open to the world and its culture. All curricula are at least bilingual, more often multilingual, where pupils can choose from among 9 languages, including Classics. Its community welcomes 41 nationalities and takes pupils on international school trips and exchanges or educational outings. Pupils can also participate in super-curricular projects about the environment (i.e. with Erasmus+ and the Marine Conservation Society), international relations (Model United Nations...) and other “hot topics”. They even regularly get to meet with world key players such as famous journalists, diplomats or politicians, sports champions, award-winning authors, renowned scientists and artists.
The school makes a simple and honest commitment: to offer each child the best conditions to realise their academic potential, to be able to develop and thrive in a peaceful environment and achieve the level of excellence required to access their desired course even at the most competitive universities and higher education institutions worldwide.
Headmaster Didier Devilard confirms: “We nurture each individual with care and help them build self-confidence – this remains our pledge to our families as much today as it has been for over a century."
- Preparatory School, Nursery & Pre-Prep School, Senior School, Sixth Form
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