Mainstream admissions

Application for entry in September 2023

The number of places available in our mainstream classes is dependent upon the number of leavers at the end of the school year. This often means that places only become available towards the end of the school year. The deadline for maternelle, primary and collège applications for families based in the local area is Thursday 26 January 2023 and entrance assessment will take place in March 2023, and May 2023 for our youngest candidates (see Entrance Assessment Dates below for details).
Families based overseas should contact our Admissions Officer to arrange online entrance assessment in March if there are places available. Families based abroad who have missed the deadline, should contact our Admissions Officer.
For information on the places available in our mainstream primary and secondary classes, click below on Current situation.
For initial enquiries, please complete this online form. If you decide to proceed with an application for your child to the British Section, please see application procedure below. Click below for dates of entrance assessments.

Petite Section (born 2020) – this new class at the École Internationale will be made up of up to 12 externé children.

Moyenne Section (born 2019) – this class at the École Internationale will be made up of 14-15 externé children. Currently there are 13 children in Petite Section who should move up to Moyenne Section in September 2022 which means there are at least 1-2 externé places available.

Grande Section (born 2018 – this is a good point of entry as we expect to run three classes, two at the École Internationale and one at École Jehan Alain. The majority of places available at the Ecole Internationale are externé places; all places available at the  Ecole Jehan Alain are full-time.

CP (born 2017) – there will be three classes, two at the École Internationale and one at the École Félix Éboué. There are limited places (3-4)  available at the École Internationale and at least 5 full-time places available at the École Félix Éboué.

All new pupils at the École Internationale from CE1 upwards will be externés, with the exception of those enrolled in the Français Spécial French immersion class. Any available places at the École Félix Éboué are full-time places.

CE1 (born 2016) – the number of places available will depend upon end-of-year departures.

CE2 (born 2015) – the number of places available will depend upon end-of-year departures.

CM1 (born 2014) – the number of places available will depend upon end-of-year departures.

CM2 (born 2013) – the number of places available will depend upon end-of-year departures.

Sixième (born 2012) – the number of places available will depend upon end-of-year departures. Successful candidates will be enrolled at the Collège Pierre et Marie Curie, Le Pecq or the Collège Les Hauts Grillets, Saint-Germain-en-Laye depending on their home address.

Any available places from Cinquième and up to and including Seconde will be reserved for non-francophone students who require the Français Spécial French immersion class.

Cinquième (born 2011), Quatrième (born 2010), Troisième (born 2009) and Seconde (Year 11 - born 2008) – regrettably we are unable to accept any applications for these classes, other than for those children who require our French immersion class Français Spécial.

Première (Year 12 - born 2007) – we are currently unable to accept any applications for this class. Families are requested to contact our Admissions Officer at the end of June 2023 to see if places have become available.

Terminale (Year 13 - born 2006) – no applications can be received for this class, other than for students already enrolled at an OIB school in Première.

As of 3 January 2023, to proceed with an application for your child to the British Section, please: 

  1. Make the non-refundable application fee:
  2. After 3 January, and within 48 hours of payment, you will be sent by email our online questionnaire and the “dossier d’inscription” (application form) to complete for each child. When completing the questionnaire, you will be required to upload the following scans:
    • the completed “dossier d’inscription” including an identity photo of the applicant on the top right-hand corner of the page,
    • a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate or other official ID,
    • a letter from the parents addressed to Mr James Cathcart, Director, British Section, with: 
      • details of your child’s previous schooling, and
      • your motivation for applying to the British Section.
    • School reports covering the last two school years (where possible),
    • for children aged 6 or above, two recent examples of written expression (corrected schoolwork) in English.
       
  3. For collège- and lycée-level applications, if you do not live in the Paris area and wish your child to take our entrance test in his/her current school, please provide the name and email address of the teacher who will supervise the written exam.

We will then be in touch as soon as possible to inform you if we will be inviting your child to sit our entrance assessments. Click below for dates of entrance assessments.

Candidates based in the Ile de France will sit the entrance assessment at the Lycée International site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye if Covid-19 regulations allow. Failing this, entrance assessments will be arranged online. All Primary applicants living in Europe are expected to come to Saint-Germain-en-Laye on the date of our entrance tests. For collège- and lycée-level applications, if you do not live in the Paris area and wish your child to take our entrance test in his/her current school, please provide the name and email address of the teacher who will supervise the written exam.

Petite Section/Maternelle 1 (born 2020): entrance assessments for this class will be held on Monday 22 May, Tuesday 30 May and Wednesday 31 May.

Moyenne Section/Maternelle 2 (born 2019): 15-17 March.

Grande Section/Maternelle 3 (born 2018): candidates will be tested on the mornings of:
- Tuesday 7 March,
- Wednesday 8 March, and
- Thursday 9 March.

CP (born 2017): candidates from the local area will be tested the morning of:
- Tuesday 14 March.

CE1 (born 2016): candidates will be called for individual tests to be held on:
- Thursday 16 March.

CE2 (born 2015): candidates will be called for individual tests to be held on:
- Friday 17 March.

CM1 (born 2014): candidates will be called for a common entrance exam to be held on the morning of:
- Thursday 16 March.

CM2 (born 2013): candidates for Français Spécial will be called for individual tests to be held the morning of:
- Thursday 16 March. 

Sixième (born 2012): candidates will be called for a written common entrance exam to be held the afternoon of:
- Wednesday 15 March. 
Following the written exam, candidates may be invited for interview.

Cinquième (born 2011), Quatrième (born 2010), Troisième (born 2009) and Seconde (born 2008): only candidates for Français Spécial will be tested for these classes and the entrance assessment will take place the week beginning 13 March. Candidates based in the Ile de France will sit the entrance assessment at the Lycée International site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the afternoon of Wednesday 15 March. Those applicants living outside the Ile de France, and unable to travel to Saint-Germain-en-Laye on the date of the assessment, will take their entrance assessments online and will receive the entrance assessment date directly from our Admissions Officer.

Please note that due Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to receive prospective parents. Please contact our Admissions Officer for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Grégoire, Admissions Officer
E-mail: admissions@britishsection.fr

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