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Physical address: 2 Hazlebury Road, London SW6 2NB
Telephone: +44 20 7371 8350
Teaching Language: French and English
Curriculum: French and English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 6
L'Ecole des Petits was founded in 1977, and was the first independent pre-primary school in Great Britain to be officially recognised as an Ecole Homologuée by the French Education Authority (AEFE). The school is attended by approximately 130 children between the ages of 3 and 6. The school offers French-curriculum education for children in five French classes or two bilingual classes, and also has two English classes which follow the British curriculum. The school has a canteen, a library, an indoor gym and an outdoor playground in its beautifully restored Victorian villa campus.
Students often move on to the school's sister school, L'Ecole de Battersea, which was opened in 2005 to accommodate children from pre-kindergarten up to CM2 (Grade 5).
What the school says
“L’Ecole des Petits caters for English-speaking and French-speaking children and provides learning in both languages. The school welcomes pupils from all over the world. The school follows the official French Education National curriculum and offers pupils an education in a warm and friendly atmosphere where, thanks to a policy of small classes, each child is encouraged to express him/herself. All French classes receive daily teaching in English.”
What the inspectors say
"This is an exceptional school that provides a nurturing environment, as well as good discipline and a wonderful education, and my child could not be happier and more confident about going to school. The school is led by a passionate team that has secured good improvements since the last inspection, as a result of which children make outstanding progress in all areas of learning and in their personal development." – OFSTED report 2009
The school offers both the French National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum for England, in French and English respectively. There is also a bilingual stream which follows the French curriculum.
Fees for the 2018/2019 school year range from 2,285 GBP for part-time attendance of the Petite section to 4,150 GBP for the Grande and Moyenne sections.
The school is in Fulham, about ten minutes from Chelsea.