The British Section has been educating pupils since the Lycée International Victor Hugo first opened in 1984, delivering a programme of mother-tongue English lessons to pupils schooled within the French educational system. The British Section works in two state schools in Colomiers (a town on the western edge of Toulouse) offering a programme of tuition to children from the ages of four to eighteen. The two schools are Ecole Primaire Lucie Aubrac and Collège/Lycée International Victor Hugo.
The British Section is governed by the parents’ Association, English 31, and is financed via membership and tuition fees and industrial sponsorship managed by the Association. English 31 is founded according to the French law of 1901 allowing the creation of such organisations for the development of educational, cultural and sporting activities to its members on a not for profit basis. There are tens of thousands of such organisations in France.
The majority of teachers and administrative staff in the British Section are directly employed by English 31 with local French contracts. Two colleagues are employed by the French educational system as they have French teaching qualifications. All teachers speak and write English fluently and either have British or American teaching qualifications or have studied or worked in an English-speaking country.
The programme of English and History/Geography, the two subjects taught within the British Section, is an adaptation of the English National Curriculum, with elements developed for Anglo-French bilinguals studying in the French education system. At Secondary level students take the Brevet Intertnational, the IGCSE in English Language and English Literature and the International Option of the Baccalaureate (OIB.)
There are many other such sections in France and for a full list of host schools, programmes delivered and examinations prepared, please consult the ASIBA (Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones) website. ASIBA is the organisation which is officially recognized by the French educational authorities as the representing body of all British Sections in France. ASIBA also works closely with and represents in France CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) the English authority which inspects and validates all programmes and examinations organised by British Sections in France.
The British Section began its work in 1984 with just 66 students. Today there are over 400, with waiting lists at all levels. Over 20 nationalities are represented, the majority of pupils being French. British students also represent a substantial portion of the British Section population. After their Baccalaureate, British Section students attend universities throughout the world, the UK being one of the preferred destinations. All our pupils have in common two languages, English and French, and a commitment to bilingual learning.