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 10 - 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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Latest News

Exam Entry - Final notice.

For May / June 2018 Examinations

Application to sit these exams MUST be completed by Wednesday 14th March 2018

See our Exam page for full details

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at The France Show this weekend.

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We will be presenting bilingual education solutions at The France Show, London from 26-28 January.

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... leading an exciting printmaking workshop with year 12 A Level Art students

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Welcome to
The Old School

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Welcome to the new term.

At The Old School we believe in bringing out the best in people, facing new challenges with a dedication to overcome obstacles.

We are a friendly caring school where children and young people 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

From April to August 2017 we brought together fifteen children aged 8 to 15 years old, to exchange language, make puppets and create great fun together.

Amongst the art workshops, we got to know each other, enjoyed fabulous meals
together and we played rounders in the sunshine!

Joel Bailey, Headmaster of The Old School and Jean Marie Lenzi, Maire de
Montignac de Lauzun, coordinated the activities with the emphasis on improving English for the French children, community cohesion and inclusion for everyone involved.

Huge thanks to Royston Seedwell for his professional puppeteer skills, his infectious sense of humour and his immense kindness shone through, to all that took part.

Special thanks to all of the parents and helpers who participated in the coaching.

Watch this space for more bilingual activities coming soon...

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

Attend the French education system, but feel your children could excel in the Arts ?

Fitting this around the weekly schedule of any Collégien or Lycéen is difficult, which is why, for the past two years, we have run our monthly Art & Design workshops on a Saturday, 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 an end of term performance.

Life after The Old School?

Where do our students go to?:

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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.

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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.


Examination Centre


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


47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 64 24 97

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