It is important to us that the children who join the British Section are happy, fulfilled and able to thrive in our unique bilingual, bicultural learning environment.

For more details about our Admissions Policy, see below.

Catchment area

There is no specifically defined catchment area for the British Section although we do recommend that families live within a 12-15 km radius of the host school (or a maximum of one hour's travel when using public transportation).  At maternelle (Nursery, Reception and Year 1), primary (Year 2 to Year 6) and collège (Year 7 to Year 10) level, children living to the east of the River Seine will generally be allocated places in the host schools in Le Pecq, and those to the west of the River Seine, the host schools in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. See our location map for more information. The British Section is hosted by day-schools and does not, therefore, offer boarding facilities.


Parents are encouraged to apply within the application deadline dates in January of the year of entry to secure your interest in a place for your child at the British Section. Once your application has been received you will be sent a link to a registration form to complete online. When complete, we will inform you if we will be inviting your child to sit our entrance assessments which take place in March of the year of entry. Please note that the application fee will only be refunded if we decide not to invite your child to the assessment stage.

Overseas applicants

The admissions procedure for overseas applicants is the same as that for local applicants. In addition, it may be possible for overseas candidates to sit our entrance assessments outside of the usual testing period, depending on the availability of places.

Entrance Assessments

The bilingual / bicultural curriculum (double-enseignement) requires commitment to both the British Section and the French education system. It is a challenging educational pathway that demands considerable academic ability and intellectual flexibility as well as motivation, engagement and resilience. Given these demands, as well as the fact that the demand for places far exceeds our capacity to accommodate all candidates, entrance is selective.

Each pupil is assessed individually; pupils are accepted on the basis that we are confident that the British Section is the right environment for them to reach their full potential, and that they will contribute to, and benefit from, the ethos and opportunities available.

Notification of acceptance

We aim to tell you either just prior to, or just after, the Spring holidays whether we are recommending your child(ren) for a place. Once the candidates have been tested, they are placed on the British Section lists in order of merit and our recommendations are then forwarded to the French administration. Parents should be aware that there may at this stage be a delay as the French Administration has to process not only our applications, but also all applications from the other 13 national Sections.

N.B. In cases where we feel that appropriate on-going language support is not in place, we may request that parents submit a detailed language plan indicating how they will support their child’s English before offering/confirming a place in the British Section.

Sometimes opportunities for enrolment become available during the summer because of unexpected departures. 

Other enquiries

We hope that this summary will be useful to you. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact our Admissions Officer, Sarah Grégoire:

Email: admissions@britishsection.fr
Tel: 01 34 51 62 64

Please note that the British Section will be closed for the following holidays, on Saturdays and French bank holidays:

Toussaint holidays19 October 2019 – 3 November 2019 inclusive
Armistice day11 November 2019
Christmas holidays21 December 2019 – 5 January 2020 inclusive
Winter holidays8 February 2020 – 23 February 2020 inclusive
Spring holidays4 April 2020 – 19 April 2020 inclusive
Labour day1 May 2020
Victory in Europe day8 May 2020
Ascension day 21 May 2020 – 24 May 2020 inclusive
Pentecost day1 June 2020
Summer holidays4 July – 31 August 2020 inclusive