Making the best choice for your child’s education starts early. Whether you are relocating to London, or already living in the capital, finding the right primary or prep school for your child is vital. Increasingly, London parents are choosing bi-lingual schools for their offspring. There are several French primary schools in Central London. We review the three top English/French bilingual schools offering primary education in the centre of the capital:
Junior EIFA (École Internationale Franco-Anglaise) in Marylebone
Benefitting from its central Marylebone location, Junior EIFA welcomes pupils from 3 to 10 years old. This bilingual international school offers a wide range of after school activities. It incorporates music, art and information and communications technology classes in its curriculum. Pupils continue their secondary education at Senior EIFA until they are 18 years old.
The main advantage of EIFA compared to the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Kensington, is that it has less pupils. If your child prefers a smaller environment at secondary school level, EIFA may be for you.
L’École Jeannine Manuel in Bloomsbury
The excellent L’École Jeannine Manuel in Bloomsbury has a total number of around 500 pupils from 3 to 18 years old. This smaller French school in Central London, may suit some families when their children move at 10/11 years better than the larger Lycées in London. It is unique in that it follows the French national curriculum except for its English, Science and Chinese programmes. Half the courses are in English, and the other half is in French. After primary school, pupils can complete their secondary education at l’Ecole Jeannine Manuel. Or move to another London secondary school.
L’École Bilingue in Paddington
L’École Bilingue welcomes children between 3 and 10 years old. It is accredited by the AEFE (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Étranger). Upon admission, parents agree to maintain their child’s level in French and English at home. This can via the babysitter, nanny, music, art of any other creative means. . Most children continue their secondary education in either the Lycée Charles de Gaulle or the Lycée Winston Churchill.
All three of these French Primary Schools in Central London admit pupils from 3 years old. If you are looking for nursery provision in other parts of London, please see our guides on French bi-lingual nurseries in West and South West London and on French bi-lingual nurseries in North London.
If your heart is set on secondary school entry into the well-regarded Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Kensington, read our guide to French primary schools in West and South West London, four of which offer guaranteed entry to this Lycée.
We enjoy helping both London and international families to find the right schools for their children. Please contact us to discuss your child’s applications to French bilingual nurseries, London international schools and bilingual schools. We look forward to hearing from you.