The Old School is an Independent International School providing an English language education to UK standard, GCE and A Level.

We are a co-educational day school providing English curriculum studies for students aged 11 - 19 years. To complement the classrooms we offer sports facilities, theatre / stage space and recreational areas on our extended campus within the village.

The Old School aims to provide a positive and supportive learning environment. With a commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence, attaching a high value to creativity, imagination, and the quest for knowledge and understanding.

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The new term is here !

A warm welcome to new students, great to see familiar faces rejoin us and congratulations to all the students who graduated this year to; SOAS University of London, Nottingham University, University College London, Plymouth University and University of the Arts London.

This year is exceptional, with work commencing on the school expansion programme which will add 7 additional classrooms at our new teaching facility in Monbahus, ready for the rentrée in September 2018.

In addition to our strong academic programmes, we have many exciting new projects launching this year for; artists, musicians and performers - keep an eye on the school website for updates or come over and like us on Facebook to keep up to date.

The Old School teaching and support team look forward to another successful year ahead and working to continually support your children’s education.

Joel Seaton Bailey - Director      Danièle Birchall - Directrice

Welcome to
The Old School

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We are a friendly caring school where children enjoy their learning in a safe and happy environment.

At The Old School we have much to be proud about.

Hopefully this website will begin to share some of the great work that is happening here.

The Old School specialises in positive education outcomes for young people and families making the transition from English speaking countries to France.

We have an impressive track record enabling students to continue their academic studies and achieve the very best results.

The key stage 3 and key stage 4 curriculum places equal importance on wellbeing, emotional intelligence and academic achievement.

At The Old School, we view every young person as an individual and tailor make bespoke education packages to address their needs.

J S Bailey MA
Director of Learning

Life after The Old School?

Where do our students go to?:

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GCSE and A level Music courses for young people (12+) and adults

One weekend each month, students come to the school to complete their Music coursework and take guidance and teaching, in order to prepare for the GCSE or A level Music examinations.   

Art & Design Saturday Workshops

We are increasingly contacted by families whose children attend the French education system but who feel that their children would excel in the Arts if they could be taught the subject in addition to their regular school studies.

Fitting this around the weekly schedule of any Collégien or Lycéen is difficult, which is why, for the past two years, we have delivered our monthly Art & Design workshops on Saturday's, achieving amazing results.

The course starts on 17th September, however, students can start mid term, throughout the school year.

Theatre School Autumn Term

A challenging and fun term of intensive workshops in music, drama and dance, culminating in a performance at the end of the term.   

Latest News

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Congratulations to Jacques Shepherd. BA (Hons), LSBU on your graduation

Exam Results

Congratulations to all of our students for their performance in this year's GCSE public examinations.

High achieving, yet again. 100% pass rate. 82% A*-C grades, well above the national average in England (66.1%). Excellent!

We look forward to welcoming all existing and new students back (bright, fresh and ready ) for the forthcoming new academic year on 4th September.

Thank you to all students, parents and teachers for working so hard and continuing to make 2017 a huge success as the school grows. This is a true, team effort.

Joel Bailey and all staff at The Old School

Mobile Phone & Mobile Device Policy update

School policy regarding the use of mobile phones …   

The Old School @ Highworth Grammar School
"Joel Bailey visiting Art teacher/Headteacher from “The Old School” in Saint-Colomb-de-Lauzun, France, has been leading an exciting printmaking workshop with our year 12 A Level Art students"
Highworth Grammar School   



The Old School is an independent international Collège and Lycée, recognised by the Academie de Bordeaux RNE 0471040A.

The Old School specialises in positive education outcomes for children, young people and families.

The qualified specialist team at The Old School place equal share on maintaining academic achievement and the development of emotional intelligence, personal and social education. This approach underpins the professional strategies to assist children, young people and families when making the transition to France.

The Old School is not just about academic success, although it is a high achieving school. The focus is on the holistic needs of the learner. An underlying philosophy is happiness in education. An open and transparent approach, where staff work for, and on behalf of, children, young people and families. This cooperative and empowering professional relationship enables success and high achievement.

Whilst the teaching is in English, The Old School is committed to social cohesion and is fully embedded within its local French community. This unique opportunity allows meaningful and real cultural experiences, assistance from reliable sources to enable successful relocation, language development and genuine cultural experiences.

True education empowers the individual to effect positive change. Education challenges prejudice, hatred, and enables empathy and positive emotional intelligence to achieve success.

The Old School is an approved Edexcel examination centre, with facilities for external students to take iGCSE, GCSE and A level examinations whilst in France. We are proud of our consistently excellent examination results.

New Developments:

We are delighted to announce that The Old School is expanding because of the recognised, increased demand from families relocating to France.

In addition to our high achieving Art & Design school we are pleased to announce, from September 2017, the launch of new departments.

The Old School Prep
Primary and Key stage 3 preparatory studies

School of Modern Foreign Languages
Accreditation offered: International GCSE, A level and International A Level

School of Art & Design, Performance and Music
Accreditation offered: GCSE and A Level

School of Maths, Science and Technology
Accreditation offered: International GCSE, A level and International A Level

School of Humanities
Accreditation offered: International GCSE, A level and International A Level

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Aidez vos enfants à apprendre l’anglais par l’intermédiaire de la musique, des jeux, de l’expression théâtrale et de l’art plastique

Des séances ludiques et créatives en anglais pour les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes

Découvrir la langue de Shakespeare grâce à la culture et à l’art contemporains

Développement linguistique, social et personnel à l’aide de la créativité
Nous sommes ouverts et accessibles pour développer des ateliers et des leçons qui peuvent aider chacun à améliorer son niveau en anglais


An English language school following the English School curriculum, based near Bergerac in South West France. English school in France.


British in France

We are a member of BCC

The British Community Committee (BCC) represents the British Community in France. It acts as the umbrella organisation of British associations in France at national level. Founded in 1937 the BCC was first registered as a Loi 1901 association on 1 July 1939.

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Bryan Greetham is a Philosopher who we have spoken with and who will be coming to the school to present to the students in the next couple of months.

More details here   

The Theatre School

Spring Term at The Old School, St Colomb de Lauzun

Come to Theatre School and feature in our show!

A challenging and fun term of intensive workshops in music, drama and dance, culminating in a performance at the end of the term. You will be involved in producing and starring in a professional-quality theatre production.

Get full details here   

Learn Spanish

Spanish for Beginners

Spanish for holidays

Advanced Spanish


Distance Learning Programmes

For students already enrolled in College or Lycée, who wish to supplement their Brevet and Baccalaureate studies. read more >>

Boarding Opportunity

We have limited places available to those wishing to board
Monday to Thursday, with local vetted bilingual families

Special Educational Needs

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Attendance Policy

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Absence notification and Leave request form is with our Attendance Policy


Examination Centre

As an Edexcel approved examination centre The Old School will be running IGCSE/GCSE and A level examinations in May and June 2017 and would like to invite external candidates to access these examinations without the need to return to the UK.
Edexcel centre number 90241


We're in The News

7 December 2016 - Christmas 2016     read the article here     or see the pdf here

31 August 2016 - English School Success !     read the article here     or see the pdf here


47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 64 24 97

The Old School : College - Lycée
Etablissement d’enseignement secondaire privé hors contrat RNE 0471040A