Français Spécial Admissions

Application for entry in September 2020

Based within three of our host schools in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (École Internationale, Collège International and the Lycée International), the Français Spécial (FS) classes start in Year 3 (CE1) and continue up to and include Year 11 (Seconde). Each class is made up of about 20 children, with an equal number of places offered to each national section. This means that the British Section has two places reserved in each FS class per year.
Because of the demanding nature of the programme, we are only able to consider candidates with a very strong academic background. Candidates will sit individual tests/interviews, followed by a written test for candidates from Year 5 (CM1) to Year 11 (Seconde).
The deadline for applications for families based in the local area is Thursday 23 January 2020 and entrance assessment will take place in March 2020 (click on Test Dates below for details).
Please note, for Seconde, the deadline for applications is Thursday 9 January 2020 and the entrance assessment will take place on 22 January 2020.
Families based overseas who find out they are moving to France after our March test dates, should contact our Admissions Officer to arrange entrance assessment in early June if there are places available.

For initial enquiries, please complete this online form. If you then wish to proceed with an application for your child to the British Section, please submit the documents listed below (click on Documents to provide).
Once your application has been received, you will be invited to complete our online admissions form, following which we will inform you if we will be inviting your child to sit our entrance assessments. Click below for dates of entrance assessments.

CE1 (born 2013), CE2 (born 2012), CM1 (born 2011), CM2 (born 2010) - there are two places available in each Français Spécial class based at the École Internationale in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Sixième (born 2009), Cinquième (born 2008), Quatrième (born 2007) and Troisième (born 2006) - there are two places available in each Français Spécial class based at the Collège International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Seconde (Year 11 - born 2005) - there are two places available in this class based at the Lycée International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

To proceed with an application for your child to the British Section, please submit the following documents by post (not email):

A letter from the parents addressed to the Director of the British Section with:

- details of your child’s previous schooling,
- your motivation for applying to the British Section, and
- your current email address and telephone number.

School reports covering the last two school years (where possible),

any supporting documentation about the standard of the applicant’s English,

photocopied samples of recent schoolwork in English (where possible),

a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate or other official ID,

an identity photo of the applicant, and

a cheque to cover non-refundable application fees, made payable to 'The British Section':
- 160 € for maternelle applications,
- 200 € for primary applications, and
- 250 € for collège and lycée-level applications.

Please send the above documents in a single envelope to:

Mrs Sarah Grégoire
Admissions Officer
British Section, Lycée International
2 bis rue du Fer à Cheval
CS 40118
78105 Saint-Germain-en-Laye Cedex
France

Once your application has been received, you will be invited to complete our online admissions form, following which we will inform you if we will be inviting your child to sit our entrance assessments. See below for dates of entrance assessments.

CE1 (born 2013): candidates will be called for individual tests to last approximately 1 hour to be held on:
- Thursday 12 March.

CE2 (born 2012): candidates will be called for individual tests to be held on:
- Friday 13 March.

CM1 (born 2011): candidates will be interviewed individually on:
- Wednesday 11 March, Thursday 12 March or Friday 13 March
and candidates will be called for a written common entrance exam to be held on the morning of:
- Thursday 12 March.

CM2 (born 2010): candidates will be interviewed individually on:
- Wednesday 11 March, Thursday 12 March or Friday 13 March
and candidates will be called for a written common entrance exam to be held on the morning of:
- Thursday 12 March.

Applicants for collège (middle school - Sixième (born 2009), Cinquième (born 2008), Quatrième (born 2007) and Troisième (born 2006)) will sit an written common entrance exam which can be taken either under supervision at their current school or here at the Collège International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on Wednesday 11 March. Depending on the written exam results, candidates may be called for interview (either in Saint-Germain-en-Laye or via Skype).

Seconde (Year 11, born 2005): applicants being tested for a place in Seconde will sit written common entrance exam which can be taken either under supervision at their current school or here at the Collège International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on the afternoon of:
- Wednesday 22 January. This can be arranged at a later date if spaces are still available. Please contact our Admissions Officer for more information.

Please note we can only receive parents upon appointment.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Grégoire, Admissions Officer
Email: admissions@britishsection.fr

For more information about our Admissions policy and procedures, please click here.