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French primary schools in Central London


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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 essential. Many London parents are choosing bi-lingual schools for their offspring. Three top English/French bilingual schools offering primary education in Central London are:

  • Junior EIFA (École Internationale Franco-Anglaise) in Marylebone
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Junior EIFA welcomes pupils from 3 to 10 years old. This bilingual 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 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 Bloomsburyjeannine manuel

Similarly, L’École Jeannine Manuel  with current pupil numbers of 496
pupils from 3 to 18 years old, is a small school which 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

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 by any means (babysitter, nanny, music, art…). Most children continue their secondary education in either the Lycée Charles de Gaulle or the Lycée Winston Churchill.

All three Central London French schools 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 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.

Please contact us for expert schools’ advice and support with applications to all French schools, international schools and bilingual schools in London and throughout the UK.

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