École Jeannine Manuel - London
43-45 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DN, London
020 3829 5970
|Head of School||Pauline Prévot|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-18 years|
|Number of pupils||360|
|Day fees per annum||£17,460|
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École Jeannine Manuel in London is a French, bilingual, international school which opened its doors in September 2015 in three contiguous mansions on Bedford Square, steps away from the British Museum. Our school currently welcomes pupils from all nationalities and cultural backgrounds, from Nursery to Year 10. Starting from September 2018, we will welcome pupils up to Year 11 and will develop gradually thereafter, with the opening of our Year 13 planned for September 2020. Pupils will be able to take the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (British Section) or the International Baccalaureate.
École Jeannine Manuel is the young sister school of its Paris namesake, a UNESCO associated school founded in 1954 and one of France's most prestigious schools, ranked first among French high schools (public and independent) for overall academic performance for the past five years. As is the case in France, École Jeannine Manuel London's mission is "to promote international understanding through the bilingual education of a multicultural community of students, the fostering of pedagogical innovation, and the constant exploration of best practices in the context of an ever-changing global environment."
A bilingual education
École Jeannine Manuel offers an enriched, bilingual adaptation of the French national curriculum, including English, Science and Chinese programmes developed by its sister school in Paris. In History, the French national curriculum is complemented to help pupils gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. Extra-curricular activities include sports - with outdoor facilities within walking distance of the school - as well as a broad range of artistic and tech-based clubs.
English and French are spoken equally in class. Our aim is to bring pupils to a native proficiency - orally and in writing - in both languages. We welcome non French-speaking students at all levels and help them adapt to the demands of a bilingual curriculum. With respect to English, the school accommodates beginners up to Year 7. Experience shows that studying in French and in English yields a strong and mutually reinforced command of both languages as well as a deep understanding of the cultures they express. A bilingual education enhances pupils’ capacity for abstract, conceptual thinking and develops a sense of nuance, nurtured by exposure to multiple perspectives.
A multicultural community of students
Looking beyond French and bi-national families, the school welcomes pupils from all nationalities, cultural traditions and native languages. École Jeannine Manuel in London is positioned, as is the case in Paris, as a unique, truly bicultural institution with a multicultural student body representing more than 40 nationalities. We attract international and internationally minded families deeply invested in the education and well being of their children. Living within this cultural melting pot every day yields a special consciousness of one's place in the world, an appreciation for the broad landscape of culture and civilizations that we learn to understand and value together.
The fostering of pedagogical innovation
The key drivers of our school's pedagogy are coherence and innovation. Whether inspired by current research in the cognitive sciences, by best practices from around the world or home-grown, our teaching methods are constantly evolving. Our international teams of teachers stimulate new ideas that lead to a creative, pioneering education. Hands-on manipulations in math, inquiry-based learning in the sciences, and teamwork are among the practices that foster pupil engagement and growth. Our aim is to have pupils think, do and share. The school's pedagogical principles are founded on four pillars: the early mastery of core academic skills; the development of autonomy; the encouragement of collaborative work; and the nurturing of curiosity, creativity and a lifelong appetite for culture.