How do I apply?
Admission to the Anglophone Section is by written test and interviews. In all cases, previous school reports and assessment documents must be provided. Students entering CP (1st year of Primary) will be assessed orally. For more information, please see our Admissions Assessment and Procedure page.
What is the catchment zone for the school and does it affect where I choose to live/where I live?
The catchment zone applies to children entering only the French section of the school and is quite restricted. The exact area for the Léonard de Vinci primary school can be requested from the Espace Famille office of the Fontainebleau town council and the catchment for the Collège International includes <certain streets of Fontainebleau> [Liste rues Fontainebleau.pdf] and the towns of Bourron Marlotte, Montigny sur Loing et la Genevraye.
Normally where you live does not matter once your child has been accepted in the Anglophone Section. Parents of Primary students can apply for a dérogation from their local Mairie and Collège students can apply to the Inspection Académique for a dérogation.
What is a “dérogation”?
Children of school age in France are meant to attend school within a catchment area defined by their local address. However, certain exceptions are allowed and admission to the Anglophone Section is usually one of them. In order to obtain a dérogation for a child entering Primary, wou will have to show your letter of acceptance from the Anglophone Section to the mayor’s office in your town. The appropriate Dossier de demande de dérogation needs to be completed in Collège. Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.
What level of English is required?
A high level of English is required for entry to the Section. It is usually equivalent to that of an English native or near-native speaker of the same age. The level of English of our students, in line with the Common European Framework References for Languages, is B2 at the end of Collège and C1 at the end of Lycée. See link in Parents’ Hub > Useful links
How many places are available?
There are many factors that come into play to determine the number of places available in a specific year group/grade. Firstly, the number of students re-enrolling in the French school and the Anglophone Section has to be determined. Secondly, since the Anglophone Section is hosted in public schools, priority is given to new students from the catchment area of the school. In parallel the number of new Germanophone Section students need to be determined too. The accurate number is only known once all these parameters have been taken into account.