English 31 provides formal classes integrated within the French school system from the first year of Primary (CP), until the end of Secondary (Terminale). Our host schools are based in Colomiers, west of Toulouse. Our classes do not teach English as a foreign language, we teach English to children who are already French/English bilingual at their level and age. We also hold “once-a-week” English classes at Grande Section (Maternelle) and Primary levels on Wednesdays.
Teaching and learning are entirely in English and founded on the English National Curriculum. Both traditional and contemporary British educational values, texts and resources are at the core of how we enable children to develop and achieve. We also appreciate their unique situation as bi-lingual learners and facilitate their success in both systems. By the end of their school careers, pupils will have had the chance to excel in English Language & Literature and History & Geography, and to undertake British style secondary ‘end-of-school’ qualification exams (IGCSEs) and the French system’s OIB (Option International Baccalauréat). These are both examined by the Cambridge International Examinations board for the English elements.
Our vision is to produce truly bilingual English/French proficiency, with native language fluency. Pupils are empowered to strive for academic success and, through our classes, pupils are encouraged throughout to value their English-speaking heritage. Our pupils achieve close to 100% attainment in all our formal exams, (IGCSE English Lit. & Lang. and the OIB, which includes separate English and History & Geography courses), on an annual basis, and our pupils often receive distinctions and merits.
English 31 is a not-for-profit association run for the benefit of its Members, including both pupils and their parents/guardians. Committee members are elected from the membership. English 31 is not a private school. Teachers are employed by the English 31 association. Members are required to pay annual membership and tuition fees as a condition of entry, which contributes to teaching and salary costs as well as extra expenses involved in providing these unique classes. Members are able to maintain a bilingual and bicultural education within the framework and setting of typical French national/state schools.