FROM THE ADMISSIONS OFFICER 15th September 2016
THE ADMISSIONS SITUATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2017
The British Section will accept applications for September 2017 from 3rd January 2017. Families who already live in the area are invited to submit their applications by Thursday 26th January. We will try to arrange for overseas candidates to be tested on the same days as their siblings. If families abroad find out they are moving after our March test dates, they should contact me directly and we will arrange tests in early June if there are still places available. As in the past, the number of places available in most primary and secondary classes will be dependent upon the number of leavers at the end of this school year. Very often we only become aware of families who are leaving towards the end of the school year at which time there can be considerable movement.
We will be running Early Years (Maternelle and CP/11°) information meetings for prospective parents the mornings of Tuesday 17th January at 9h30-11h00 and Monday 23rd January at 9h30-11h00. If you would like to obtain more details about these, please contact me at email@example.com
Families applying for places in Maternelle or Primary at the Lycée site and whose children do not require the Français Spécial one year French immersion course should read the information about the externé system on our website as it may be relevant to them http://www.britishsection.fr/Externes.html.
MATERNELLE & PRIMARY
At some levels, it appears today that there are few places available. However, we would still strongly encourage parents to make applications because we are as yet unaware of end-of-year departures and more places are likely to become available.
Maternelle 1 (children born in 2014).
This new class will be made up of 10-14 externé children. Tests for this class will be held on the mornings of Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May.
Maternelle 2 (children born in 2013).
This class will be made up of 14-15 externé children. Currently there are 14 children in Maternelle 1 who should move up to Maternelle 2 in September 2017. Places will only become available if there are any leavers. Generally we advise parents already locally resident to apply when their child is Maternelle 3 age and to find an alternative solution to maintain and develop their child’s English for the Maternelle 2 year.
Maternelle 3 Lycée site and Ecole Jéhan Alain in Le Pecq (children born in 2012).
This is a good point of entry as we expect to run 3 classes. There will be around 35 places available. Candidates will be tested on the mornings of Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March and on Thursday 2nd March. The majority of these places will be for externé students.
11°/CP (children born in 2011).
There will be 3 classes, two at the Lycée site and one at the Ecole Félix Eboué in Le Pecq. The number of new places available will depend upon end-of-year departures. Any local candidates will be tested the morning of Wednesday 8th March.
10°/CE1 (children born in 2010) - French speakers
Today, it appears that there will be 10 places available. Candidates will be called for individual tests to be held on Thursday 9th March.
9°/CE2 (children born in 2009) - French speakers
Candidates will be called for individual tests to be held on Friday 10th March. There are currently 4 places available.
8°/CM1 (children born in 2008) and 7°/CM2 (children born in 2007) - French speakers
For the moment, there are few places available for these levels. Candidates will be called for a common entrance exam to be held the morning of Thursday 9th March.
Français Spécial (French immersion course) 10°, 9°, 8° and 7° (UK years 3-6)
Because of the demanding nature of the programme, we are only able to consider candidates with a very strong academic background. 10° and 9° candidates for Français Spécial classes will sit individual tests which last for approximately one hour. For 8° and 7°, individual interviews will be held the morning of Wednesday 8th March and then written tests lasting for approximately two hours will be held on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March. We will arrange for younger siblings coming from abroad to be tested on these same dates.
The information below applies to native English speakers.
Francophone families should refer to http://www.britishsection.fr/PostulerFastTrack.html for information about the Fast Track English class starting in 6ème at Collège Pierre et Marie Curie and http://www.britishsection.fr/2ndAccueil.html for information about Seconde Accueil at the Lycée International.
6° (children born in 2006) – Bilingual candidates (English and French speaking) will be interviewed individually either the morning of Wednesday 8th or on Thursday 9th or Friday 10th March. The written common entrance exam which lasts for approximately two hours will be on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th March. Depending on your address, candidates to whom places are proposed will be enrolled either in the Collège Pierre & Marie Curie in Le Pecq or the Collège des Hauts Grillets in St. Germain.
5° (children born in 2005) 4° (children born in 2004) 3° (children born in 2003) - Bilingual candidates (English and French speaking)
Parents should note that, there will be very few, if any, places available at these levels for the school year 2017-18. This view is based on current projections; one or two places may become available as a result of departures. If you would like your child tested for the waiting list, please contact Sarah Grégoire directly.
Français Spécial (French immersion course) 6°, 5°, 4°, 3° (UK years 7, 8, 9 and 10)
Because of the demanding nature of the programme, we are only able to consider candidates with a very strong academic background. Individual interviews and then written tests lasting for approximately two hours, will be held on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March.
2° (year 11) and 1° (Year 12).
It is highly unlikely that there will be any places for these levels. Applicants wishing to be tested for the waiting list for a place in Seconde are invited to take an entrance exam the afternoon of Wednesday 18th January. Please contact Sarah Grégoire (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly regarding any enquiries for these classes.
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE
We aim to tell you either just prior to or just after the Spring holidays whether we are recommending your child(ren) for a place. Once the candidates have been tested, they are placed on the British Section lists in order of merit and our recommendations are then forwarded to the French administration. Parents should be aware that there may at this stage be a delay as the French Administration has to process not only our applications, but also all applications from the other ten national Sections.
N.B. In cases where we feel that the on-going required language support is not in place, we may request that parents submit a detailed language plan indicating how they will support their child’s English before offering/confirming a place in the British Section.
Further opportunities for enrolment may even become available during the summer because of unexpected departures.
We hope that this summary will be useful to you, but please do not hesitate to telephone on 01 34 51 62 64 (then press 1 for admissions) or send me an e-mail if you have any questions (email@example.com).
P.S. The British Section will be closed for the following holidays, on Saturdays and French bank holidays:
20th October – 2nd November inclusive
17th December – 2nd January inclusive
4th February – 19th February inclusive
1st April – 17th April inclusive
LINKS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS (SECONDARY)
The British Section receives a high volume of applications for a limited number of available places and we are frequently unable to accommodate all students who demonstrate sufficient aptitude to follow the bilingual curriculum. In such cases, and in order to help families to find suitable alternatives, we may share a child’s application, including assessment data, with local schools offering bilingual opportunities. If you do not wish us to share your child’s application with other schools, please specify this in your letter of application.
THE ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE
If you proceed with an application
- Please submit the following documents in a single envelope addressed to:
Mrs Sarah Grégoire
British Section, Lycée International
2 bis rue du Fer à Cheval - C.S. 40188
78105 St. Germain en Laye Cedex
- A letter from the parents addressed to the Director of the British Section giving details of your child’s previous schooling. It would be helpful if you could comment on your motivation for applying to the British Section.
- Please also include your current email address and telephone number.
- School reports covering the last two school years (where possible) and any supporting documentation about the standard of the applicant’s English.
- Photocopied samples of recent schoolwork in English (where possible).
- A photocopy of the child’s birth certificate or other official ID.
- An identity photo of the applicant
- One cheque of 160 Euros per child for Maternelle applications, 200 Euros for Primary applications and 250 Euros for College and Lycée level applications to cover non-refundable assessment fees, made payable to 'The British Section.' Please contact Sarah Grégoire directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding enquiries for Seconde and Première.
- Once your application has been received, we will email you an online form which will be required to complete your application.
- In the majority of cases, an entrance test will be arranged. If not, all the documents, including the cheque, will be returned to you.
We look forward to hearing from you.