French and English School Systems Comparison:
THE FRENCH EDUCATION SYSTEM
In France, children generally start school at the age of 3. The year of birth is generally taken into account in order to start school. All the pupils of the same calendar year are put in a particular year group with the exception of some special cases or if the children are retaking a year. For example, in September 2010 children born in 2006 will be admitted to the 2nd year of the nursery.
The different stages of the French education system
The primary school is composed of the nursery and the juniors. Then kids go to lower secondary school and upper secondary school.
- Petite Section de maternelle : 3-year-old
- Moyenne Section (MS) de maternelle
- Grande Section (GS) de maternelle
- CP (from 6 years old) - Reading is taught from this age (one year later than in the english education system)
Lower secondary school (collège)
- 6ème - from 11 years old
- 3ème - Brevet national exams at end of year
Upper secondary school (lycée)
- 2nde - Pupils choose between Litterature, Economics or Sciences for the Baccalauréat at the end of year
- 1ère - 1st part of Baccalauréat exams at the end of the year
- Terminale ‐ Baccalauréat exams at the end of the year
THE ENGLISH EDUCATION SYSTEM
In the English education system the age of the pupil is generally taken into account from 1st September to 31st August (not as in France). As a result there may be differences between the starting ages when children move from the French system to the English or from the English to the French. This especially concerns children born between September 1st and December 31st. The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle accepts children from the British system according to the number of places available. To be eligible the applicant may need to take an entrance test in order for the school to ascertain their level.
|French System||UK System|
|Children born between 1/1/2004 and 31/8/2004||CE2||Year 4|
|Children born between 1/9/2004 and 31/12/2004||CE2||Year 3|
The different stages of the English education system
Key Stage 1: Year 1 and year 2
Key Stage 2: from Year 3 to Year 6
Key Stage 3: Year 7 to Year 9
After GCSE, students choose the subjects in which they wish to specialise and they take AS (Advanced Subsidiary) levels and then A (Advanced) levels which are the equivalent of the French baccalauréat. In the British Section, French is compulsory in all years.
External students who wish to apply to the British Section are very welcome. The offer of a place depends on availability. An entrance test is taken for those students who do not have GCSE or A levels. All applicants are also interviewed in English and French by the Head of the British Section, Simon McNaught. For places in PAL (Year 12) students need to have a minimum of 5 B grades at GCSE and 1 C grade plus B grades in the subjects chosen for A level. For more information about the British Section please contact Mrs Ricci or Mrs Bellance : 020 7584 6314 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org