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Primary Anglophone Section

Background

The Primary Anglophone Section, which has now acquired official status, was set up in September 2008 on two sites :

Ecole Elémentaire 40 Arpents in Voisins le Bretonneux (78960) ; and
Ecole Elémentaire Louis Blériot in Buc (78530).

Since gaining official status, it now operates solely from the Louis Blériot site in Buc.

Eligibility

The Section offers a number of places to children in classes CE2, CM1 and CM2 who have either lived in an anglophone country or who speak English on a daily basis with one or both of their parents. Applicants to the Section must sit written and oral tests in order to determine whether they are apt to follow the course. It is not necessary for pupils to live in the catchment area of the school, but they must be registered at Louis Blériot in order to follow the course (i.e. it is not possible to be registered at another primary school and to come to Louis Blériot just for English lessons). Parents should, however, seriously consider the practical aspects of transport to the school (particularly if siblings attend a different school) and tiredness caused to the child through travelling, and an extended school day.

Teachers in the section are native speakers and qualified to teach under the French National Education system.

Entrance Tests

The tests for entrance into the section are generally held in April or May. Testing involves oral and written comprehension and oral expression . All the tests are held on the same day. Results of the testing will be communicated directly by the Direction Académique.

General

The children in the section currently benefit from three hours of English a week. Part of this time is taken from time allotted to English lessons for all pupils, i.e. the anglophone pupil will leave his or her classmates at the appointed time for English lessons in order to join the anglophone class, and part of the time is taken from outside school hours. The programme followed is based on the English National Curriculum and involves the following elements : reading, writing, speaking and listening. The writing part can be subdivided into the following elements : grammar, vocabulary, spelling, written comprehensions and written expression. A range of modern and classic children’s fiction is studied as well as non-fiction texts and poetry. One hour of week is devoted to the study of the French programme for History which is taught in English.

The completion of homework is an important requirement of the course and entry into the 6ème class in the Section International Anglophone (SIA) at the Collège Martin Luther King in Buc is not automatic. Anglophone pupils in the primary section will need to sit the required tests in the same way as all other applicants.


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