The collège is the first level of secondary education in the French educational system.
From ages 11 to 14, collège students will study English, History and Geography in the English section, before moving on to the Lycée for their final three years.

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Students are taught in mixed ability groups and have four hours of English a week.

English language and English literature are taught in a combined course using a variety of teaching methods that allow all pupils to have equal access to the curriculum. Support is provided in some classes for children with areas of learning that may need it.

Aims and Objectives

  • to encourage a love of reading and an interest in a wide range of literature from a variety of Anglophone countries
  • to encourage a critical reading of media texts
  • to develop confidence in speaking for a range of purposes and audiences, listening and responding critically to others.
  • to develop writing skills that enable students to communicate fluently and accurately for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • to encourage students to think for themselves and to develop their own opinions.
  • to give students the opportunity to work both independently and with others
  • to encourage the use of IT.

More information on the English teaching programmes for collège and lycée.

History and Geography

The History-Geography department is a joint history and geography programme based on the content of the French National Curriculum yet with an approach characteristic of the learning and teaching styles in English-speaking countries.

Students in the collège (6ème to 3ème) and Seconde are taught two hours of the programme by Anglophone Section teachers and two hours by their French history/geography teachers. In Première, section hours increase to three and in Terminale to four hours in preparation for the OIB History/Geography exam.

While the programme in history is roughly chronological from the civilisations of the Ancient world up to the contemporary era, emphasis is placed on the comparison of historical themes in different periods. The geography program focuses on an exploration of the interaction between human activity and the physical environment. Students are assessed on a regular basis to determine their progress and identify areas for improvement.

Aims & Objectives

  • To develop the skills of historians and geographers
  • To encourage students to become independent learners through active and cooperative participation in individual and group work
  • To promote inquiry-based projects, IT research skills, and critical thinking activities
  • To foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of human experience across time and place