The British Section

The Lycée International St Germain-en-Laye & Partner Schools

Introduction by the Director

James Cathcart

When you are new to the British Section, the structure of the Lycée International can seem overwhelming and complex. This is due to several factors:  we teach children from Maternelle to Terminale; children learn in both French and English speaking classrooms; the British Section is based on several sites. What the following pages aim to achieve is a user friendly explanation of the different pieces of our jigsaw and to help you piece them together. Click around to find information about our different programmes, our different sites and to meet the staff.

An overview of the curriculum structure

Students of all ages spend about three-quarters of school lesson time in a French class learning in French.  In the case of the Lycée International itself, the class will include children from the other national sections

In Nursery and Primary, children are released from their French class for one morning and one afternoon in the week (with the one exception of the three year-olds, where it is just one morning).  During this time, they go to their national section classroom and learn in their other language.  This might be English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or Japanese.

In the Secondary Collège Cycle (Years 7 – 10 inclusive in UK terms), the national section is given four weekly periods to teach its language and literature and two other periods to teach the French national history programme through the medium of its own language.

In the Secondary Lycée Cycle (Years 11 – 13 inclusive in UK terms), two additional periods are added, making a total of eight in the week.

All other subjects – notably Maths, Science and foreign languages – are the responsibility of qualified, native French teachers.

The different school sites

British Section classes take place on no less than five different sites.  In addition to the main site, the Lycée International itself, we are also present in one nursery school (L’Ecole Jehan Alain in Le Pecq), one primary school (L’Ecole Félix Eboué , also in Le Pecq) and two 11 – 15 secondary schools: the Collège des Hauts Grillets in St. Germain and the Collège Pierre et Marie Curie in Le Pecq.Students

The Section progressively extended its activities to these different sites in response to the strong demand for Franco-British education.