Welcome

TO THE ANGLOPHONE SECTION OF FONTAINEBLEAU
The Anglophone Section was created in 1979 by official decree of the French Ministry of Education to facilitate the integration of foreign students into the French education system and to give French students the opportunity to strengthen their command of English.

We are committed to academic excellence. As one of the very first International Sections in France, the Anglophone Section has offered the OIB (Option International du Baccalauréat) since the creation of this exam in 1982. This highly demanding flagship examination is offered by the French Ministry of Education and moderated by Cambridge International Examinations.

 

Each year we host one of biggest OIB exam centres right here on the campus with its 24 visiting examiners and 200 students from 6 schools. We have also recently acquired the status of Cambridge training centre for iGCSE teachers and examiners.

Although part of the French state system, the Anglophone Section is a fee-paying section, run by a non-profit making association, the Association des Parents d’Élèves de la Section Anglophone and governed by a Parents’ Board.

The Anglophone Section operates like a faculty within the three French state schools on the International Campus

With over 450 Anglophone students from more than 22 different nationalities, the International Anglophone Section operates like a faculty within three French public schools:

Shaun Corrigan is the Head and Ruth Anne Kendrick is the Deputy Head of the Anglophone Section across all three schools.  They work closely with the Primary school’s Directrice, the Collège’s Principal, the Lycée’s Proviseur as well as with the Head of the Germanophone Section, the other International Section on the campus.

The Anglophone Section is completely integrated into the French host schools. Any child accepted into the Section is, first and foremost, a student in the Primary school, the Collège or the Lycée. They must obey the same rules and follow the same procedures as all the other French students. Section students spend a certain number of hours of the school week with English native teachers: six hours in Primary, six hours in Collège studying Language & Literature and History-Geography and six to nine hours in Lycée continuing the same subjects. The rest of their time they attend class in subjects taught by French native teachers.

The defining feature of students in the Section is not nationality but linguistic standard. The profile of children in the Section includes those from English-speaking families, bilingual families and those who have learned English as a second or foreign language and are committed to developing it at first-language level.

The Anglophone Section of Fontainebleau is part of ASIBA (Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones), ECIS (Education Collaborative for International Schools) and ELSA (English Language Schools Association).

The Anglophone Section aims

To ensure that each child fulfills his or her potential in the Anglophone subjects and activities

To promote the pleasures and values associated with intellectual curiosity, creativity and learning

To develop the highest possible standard of competence in written and spoken English

To create, maintain and strengthen knowledge and understanding of the Anglophone culture, past and present

To ensure compatibility of the education provided with potential integration of the students into Anglophone educational systems

To facilitate the students social and moral development and mutual understanding and tolerance within a multicultural framework

To generate, manage and employ financial revenues sufficient to ensure the optimal development of educational resources: within the limit laid down in the Statutes and confines of the French educational system while maintaining fees, as far as possible, within the reach of potential candidate families

To positively facilitate the integration of Section students into the French educational and cultural system

Our aims are summed up in our motto: Sharing Cultures, Nurturing Confidence, Building Futures