Welcome to the British Section
For over 60 years the British Section in the Lycée has been providing the highest calibre academic education. Our former students have gone on to achieve distinction in many fields around the world. They often come back to say how inspired they were by their education here!
Our aim is to nurture our students’ French language and culture at the same time as ensuring everyone meets their academic potential in order to access UK or US universities via ‘A’ levels.
The British Section offers a traditional academic curriculum along with dedicated teaching and very effective pastoral care.
As a very small section with around 220 students we know them all very well in order to help them to succeed. Every student is seen individually every year to discuss individual progress and to set targets with them for improvement.
Our students are valued individuals and we welcome into our section ambitious and hard working young people who are committed, creative, independent and responsible.
We look forward to meeting you, your son or daughter and to welcoming you to the British Section.
Students join the British Section at the beginning of Year 10 (3eGCSE) from the Lycée 4ème year, the CFBL, the Lycée Winston Churchill or other schools. There are 64 places available. Students take GCSE and IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11 (2eGCSE) and then begin sixth form studies, sitting AS level examinations at the end of Year 12 (PAL) in 5 subjects and A levels at the end of Year 13 (TAL) in 4 subjects. At AS and A level the only compulsory examination subject is French. Students choose from a list of subjects arranged in subject pools.
Places are allocated in Year 10 (3GCSE) firstly to internal students of the Lycée, CBFL or Lycée Winston Churchill in 4e (Year 9). If there are any remaining places external applicants are ranked on the basis of their results in the entrance tests. The final decision on the allocation of places is made at the Admission Committee meeting in June each year. A few students join us at the beginning of Year 12 (PAL) both from other schools and from 2e (Year 11) students already at the Lycée, but we do not take into Years 11 and 13, as these are mid-way through the GCSE and A level courses.
In Year 10 (3GCSE) students begin a two-year course to GCSE or IGCSE. At the beginning of Year 11 (2GCSE) most students reduce to a programme of 9 subjects, although a minority continue with 10. The examinations are taken at the end of the course. Students are fully prepared for final examinations by their teachers, many of whom are examiners or chief examiners for the various examination boards. Field trips are organised to support the learning in the classroom, especially in Art, History and Geography. Computer programming is taught to all students in Year 10 and is an option in subsequent years. French and P.E. are compulsory in all years.
· Advanced level or A level subjects which act as a passport into British universities, consist of two separate examinations. AS levels comprising 2 or 3 units per subject are taken at the end of Year 12 (PAL) and the A level is taken with two or three units at the end of Year 13 (TAL). In Year 12 (PAL) students study 5 subjects, with most reducing to 4 in Year 13 (TAL).
In recognition of our unique situation as part of a French school all students take IGCSE (for native speakers), AS and A level in French.
Presentation for parents and students in 4e: Why choose the British Section?
British Section - Writing test : three past papers are now available (level 4e):
GCE - A Level course
Welcome to our A level : presentation
British for Top School for its GCE & GCSE results : www.education.gov.uk
The school week is organised on the same schedule as the main school. Lessons last 55 minutes each and take place from Monday to Friday, beginning at 8.30 am and ending at 6.05pm. We try to enable 3GCSE students to finish earlier at least one day each week.
Students in the British Section have the opportunity to go on various trips. These have included the Berlin trip (History), the Geography and Biology field trip to Denmark, the exchange to Moscow (Russian) and trip to India (History) and a Geography trip is being planned for Nepal. There are also many day trips and fieldwork visits for Art, Geography, History and theatre trips for English. Extra-curricular activities have included debating, the maths club and computer programming. An additional sports programme is available on Saturday mornings.
The British Section expects students to work hard, achieve a high attendance (at least 95%) and punctuality rate, to behave responsibly and respect fully one another and members of staff. Students who need close monitoring may be placed on report. Detentions (including Saturday mornings) are set when necessary. Exclusions (internal or external) occur for extreme misbehaviour, although this is very rare.
Students are assessed by teachers awarding a mark out of 20, although they also provide detailed oral and written feedback on work using examination board assessment schemes. A termly report is issued to parents which contains comments for improvement. A “Conseil de Classe” or meeting of teachers, each term, decides on a collective comment for each student. Parents have access to the subject assessments on the school Pronote intranet. The programme is presented at the start of term and parents meet individually with teachers at the end of the first term.
There are end of Year examinations in Year 10 (3eGCSE). In Year 11 (2eGCSE), Year 12 (PAL) and Year 13 (TAL) there are external GCSE/IGCSE and AS/A level examinations as well as mock examinations in the spring term.
The day to day administration and well-being of the students is the responsibility of our CPE or Pastoral Manager, Mme Feurtet, who deals with absences, late arrivals and the many and varied requirements of running this section of the school. She has a team of assistants who support her and the students.
Members of staff in the British Section are fully qualified teachers. A number teach only in the British Section, but we also have a number of teachers who divide their time between the British and French Sections.
Each student is placed in a tutor group with a tutor who ensures that each student has his or her progress carefully monitored and who is the first point of contact. Tutor groups meet together and tutors meet regularly with their individual tutees to monitor progress, discuss subject choices and, in Years 12 (PAL) and 13 (TAL), university entrance. Our current form tutors are as follows:
3GCSE1: Miss McLoughlin
3GCSE2: Mr Buergo Rodriguez
2GCSE: Miss Klaf, Miss Maguire, Mrs Nève
PAL/TAL: Mr Duxbury, Mr Goodman, Ms Knowland, Mr Nichol, Mr Tweddle
Almost all of our students go on to study at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. The vast majority go to the best universities in the U.K. but some students choose US universities. British Section students have an excellent success rate in being accepted both at U.S. and U.K. universities. For those students who have the potential to go to Oxbridge specialised support is offered in a highly successful programme of study which includes training on how to be interviewed, how to present and defend arguments and specific advice on how to write the UCAS personal statement. A special Saturday morning interview practice session is arranged to fine tune interview skills with volunteer specialist interviewers.
Considerable time is spent with students during Years 12 and 13 discussing with them their choice of subject and university. Our excellent careers advisors complement the support offered by our form tutors. Most of our students received university offers from their first choice of university.
These individual consultations are complemented by UCAS training sessions and workshops, during which students receive advice on how to complete their university application form and on writing their personal statements.