Housed in a listed Victorian building in the heart of London, Ofsted Outstanding-rated CFBL hosts 700 students from Nursery to Year 10 in a warm and welcoming environment. With over 35 nationalities represented in the student body, and a particular emphasis on languages and multicultural learning, CFBL promotes openness, tolerance and flexibility, and help students become citizens of the world.
Our co-educational, bilingual teaching is based on an enhanced version of the French curriculum, which fosters academic excellence and promotes the personal development of the pupils while preparing them for whatever they choose to do next, whether they decide to take the French baccalaureate, IB, A Levels or prefer another stream. Our Brevet exam results are excellent, with a 100% pass rate (99% with Honours), and students who go on to take GCSEs also do very well.
Classes are taught bilingually, with intensive French or English support classes for pupils who need them. We welcome beginners in French up to Year 7 and beginners in English at all levels. In addition to providing them with the lifelong asset of being able to converse and write fluently in two languages, bilingual education enhances students’ ability to focus, their mental flexibility as well as their capacity for abstract thinking and problem-solving.
A central part of our mission is to give students the confidence and self-esteem to succeed whatever their endeavours. We strive to achieve that through a wide range of projects, from campaigning to save the planet and raising funds to end child poverty, to inclusive artistic competitions and even monthly music jams. Our extensive trips and foreign exchange programmes also enable students to build confidence by adapting to new environments and building friendships abroad.
In their “home of learning”, students are supported by attentive teaching staff whose approach is based on mutual trust and respect, and encouraged to look out for one another, with a student-run mediation programme and a solidarity-building House points system. They also feel at home during lunchtimes, with delicious, balanced meals cooked from scratch by our award-winning caterer. And once the school day is over, the fun doesn’t stop there: students can pursue their passions with our wide range of clubs, from football to fencing, chess to java coding, Mandarin to yoga, and so many more.
- Preparatory School, Nursery & Pre-Prep School, Senior School
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