Our examination centre has been established since 2010, providing a valuable place for learners to accredit their studies and take their examinations in a peaceful academic environment.

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that The Old School has maintained its high examination pass rate for the eighth year running.

Congratulations to all students who studied, revised and achieved their iGCSE and GCSE results this year. We are very proud of your successes.

The team at The Old School sends our best wishes to those students that are leaving us, and continuing success for the future.

Well done, we look forward to the forthcoming academic year

Joel Seaton Bailey

Daniele Houareau Birchall

iGCSE and GCSE examination results for summer 2018

GCE average over 2018
Old SchoolUK average
Pass rate: 99%Pass rate: 98.1%
A*- A = 33%
A*- A = 25.8%
GCSE average over 2018
Old SchoolUK average
Pass rate: 100%Pass rate: 98.4%
A*- C = 82%
A*- C = 66.1%

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

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Latest News

Volunteer Classroom Helpers

to work with French speaking children aged 4 to 11 in a primary school environment, close to Miramont de Guyenne 47800.

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We know it's still October and some of us are still wearing flip flops but…it's that time of year when we need to let potential stallholders know about an opportunity to sell their wares and promote their businesses.

The Old School Christmas Fair, St Colomb de Lauzun, is a 'go to' community event attracting over 250 visitors each year.

Lunch with Santa, for the children, is always very well attended, with many families using this valuable time to have a browse and prepare for Christmas whilst the children are being entertained. Please get in touch if you would like to book your child's place as this activity is quickly oversubscribed.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite stall holders to come and join us and sell your products to a great audience.

This year our event takes place on Saturday 1st December, from 10 am to 4.30 pm. As usual, we will be running a café with hot food, cakes and drinks.

We wish to accommodate a good variety of stalls and will give priority to local traders and those who reflect our diverse and talented communities, alongside stalls presented by the students and families from The Old School.

We have many returning stallholders, however there are a few places remaining so please don't delay, get in touch and book your space on and we will forward the booking form.

NEW Equipment List for all Students
updated Equipment List for 2018 / 2019

Complementary iGCSE and GCSE studies for anglophones

For many families whose children are studying in French education establishments, they recognise the added value of complementary studies in English with an aim to follow iGCSE studies in tandem with the pursuit of the Brevet diploma attained in collège.   

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.

This year sees the addition of Latin to the timetable at The Old School. With over 50% of English words and nearly 90% of French words having their root in Latin, the study of the language, as well as being great fun, provides invaluable support across the curriculum. Moreover, the ability to deal with a classical language is still seen as a notable addition to any CV.

Chris Brannam, who has taught the subject to GCSE Level and beyond for over 25 years, will be offering classes to both beginners and those who have studied the subject before. The timings of the lessons will very much depend upon gaps in individual timetables, but a session on Friday afternoons between 4 and 6 p.m. has been provisionally allocated.

If your son/daughter would like to give the subject an initial try, please contact me at giving details of their level of experience and when they have free time in the timetable.

If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to speak to Chris at school.

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The Old School was featured on TV.
France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine reports on the activities and success of our school

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Our Anti-Bullying Policy page has been updated with useful literature regarding Cyber Bullying.

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This year sees the addition of Latin to the timetable at The Old School.

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Jessica studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduated with a BA Hons - First Class

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GCSE and A level Art & Design Vernissage / Exhibition.

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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