Additional information regarding expected level of English language abilities:
Candidates do not have to be British or native English speakers but they have to have a level of spoken and written English which will allow them to benefit from the English programme delivered by the Section.
Pupils whose mother tongue is not English will be tested following application to the section. If they are considered to have the level required they will be admitted to the section subject to the availability of places within the appropriate English class, and to the availability of places within the appropriate French class for those candidates applying for a full-time place at Lucie Aubrac or Victor Hugo.
Please also check with Lucie Aubrac for conditions of domicile for applicants to the integrated primary classes.
Pupils are expected to make progress in English during the year. Assessment of progress is based upon results of standardised tests taken in March/April and upon the reports of the class teachers. If a pupil has not made satisfactory progress, parents may be requested to withdraw their child from the programme at the end of the school year.
Weekly homework is set for the pupils and this is a compulsory part of the programme. Parents should be aware that pupils who frequently fail to produce homework will be considered as not making satisfactory progress.
The teachers of the British Section are always available should parents need guidance as to their child’s progress in English. Parents are expected to make a firm commitment to ensure the promotion of English in the home, and the consolidation of all learning in the English programme. Parents will be expected to ensure that their children have access to English resources (e.g. English or American dictionaries, books magazines etc.) at home.
Parents should understand that pupils within the Primary programme are eligible to apply for places in Collège Victor Hugo in Colomiers, but do nothave an automatic right of entry. Please note that there is a very heavy demand for places in the collège, and applications are managed by the school authorities.
The bilingual programme is demanding. Pupils must satisfy the high academic expectations of our French partner schools as well as making satisfactory progress in English. Parents of pupils who have previously experienced or are currently experiencing learning difficulties in their formal education should take advice and consider carefully the possible consequences before making an application for such a programme.
Parents who do not work for the sponsoring partner Airbus must pay English 31 membership and tuition fees. Payment for each term must be paid in advance of tuition. One full term’s notice is required for any departures from the scheme. Failure by parents to pay the termly bill will result in the child’s exclusion from the English classes and potentially from the French host school.
Having read the conditions of entry, if you wish to proceed with an application for Integrated classes, you will need to first establish contact with the Head of the relevant school (in writing). The British Section is not responsible for the registration of your child at the school. In addition, you will need to complete an application to English 31.
If you wish to proceed with an application for English 31 Wednesday “once-a-week” classes, you will need to complete an application to English 31 and return this to our Administrative Assistant (see Contact page).