Our Team

Jane Howarth

English, Maths, French and Art.

I am a qualified teacher with a B.Ed (1st class Hons). Most of my teaching career in England was spent teaching Upper Juniors in a large two form entry Primary school, and preparing students for transition to High school.
Having a specialism in Art and Design and Design Technology, I became subject co-ordinator for these subjects in school, providing INSET courses for other members of staff. Upon the introduction of Modern Foreign Languages in Primary schools, as a French speaker I was chosen to also coordinate this subject and undertook work with the LEA, including a course in Besancon in France with the British Council. Latterly I became Curriculum Development Manager for our school.

After taking early retirement and moving to France, I found myself here at The Old School and have spent six happy years teaching children from 10 to 16. Currently I am teaching English, Maths, French and Art to children from 10 to 14. I really enjoy working with my colleagues to help all our students reach, and hopefully exceed, their potential. I love the caring and supportive nature of our school; it is unique and very special.

Joel Bailey


MA Canterbury Christchurch University, (Ed) Studies, Youth Development, Community Learning and Development Practice
PGDip, PGCert (Ed) Studies, Brunel University (London)

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design, University for the Creative Arts (Surrey)

Joel Bailey is a specialist creative educator, teacher and practicing artist, with 30 years experience. Joel has a long and secure track record in delivering GCSE, AS and A level Art & Design and Fine Art courses accredited by Edexcel and AQA.

Joel held management and senior practicioner posts for Surrey County Council – Youth Development Officer (lead professional and manager of a multi-professional team) addressing the needs of excluded and vulnerable young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) and at risk of social exclusion, with specific educational needs.

Deputy Head of The Pyrford Centre Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Head of Alternative and Arts Education.

Joel was also lead practicioner at Thameside Youth Arts Centre. He developed educational programmes with a multi-disciplinary team for schools, looked after young people, young carers and those with physical and specific learning difficulties and developed peripatetic support teams.

Education Consultant for VT4S (Behaviour and Attendance team), developing education strategies for at risk children and young people in mainstream schools.

Joel was an active member of Surrey County Council Youth Arts Committee and South East Arts.

Joel is currently a Senior Edexcel examinations assessor

Jackie Raymond


Teaching Certificate, Bachelor of Education Degree, Liverpool University 1975/78
School Recognition by HMI as Advanced Skills Teacher 2000.
Senior Moderator GCSE Examinations Board
Member of University for the First Age, Birmingham University 2002.
Qualified SENCO 2003
SCITT Trainer Falmouth University 2007-13
Masters Degree Psychotherapy Exeter University 2010.
Recognition for Achievement in Education at Buckingham Palace 2000.

Forty one years teaching in State schools, including seven years as Advanced Skills Teacher (Behaviour Management) in Pencalenick Special School, Truro, Specialists in Communication and Interaction.

Rosie Chazallet

Master of Arts, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

Former (State Registered Nurse) United Kingdom central council of Midwifery and Health Visiting, Sick Childrens nurse, General Nurse

Certificate in Teaching English As A Foreign Language To Adults, University of Cambridge

Rosie's lifelong passion for Religious Studies coupled with her academic research and nursing experience underpins her philosophy to education. Rosie teaches Religious Studies and Education Civique. Her vast experience as a state registered nurse is often drawn on to assist with safeguarding, health and safety and child protection.

Danièle Birchall


Danièle Birchall
Directrice - Head of French and Cultural Studies

L-ès-L Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Paris III

PGCSE (Bristol)
BIFCET Diplôme de traduction (London)
Danièle taught French LV1 for 18 years in the United Kingdom. Danièle specialised in bilingual education.

Born in England of Franco-British parents, she was educated on both sides of the channel.

During her career at Bristol Cathedral School, she taught GCSE and A level French and was involved in an innovative MFL team, where she undertook a large number of successful linguistic projects.

Danièle returned to France in 2000 and before obtaining her diploma as a translator, she taught in the French education system.

Besides her multicultural origins, she is a dual national, who has experience and specialist training in transition from one culture to another. She has experienced first hand, the difficulties when learning foreign languages and different cultural norms. Danièle's expertise is invaluable to families who have newly arrived in France.

Maurice Halder

Key stage 3 History, iGCSE and A level English Language, English Literature.

Maurice Halder studied English and Drama in New Zealand before beginning his teaching career.

His first post saw him teacher in charge of drama at Wellington High School. His career has since included countries around the globe. As Head of Drama at the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, he also taught English Literature and Theory of Knowledge. As Head of Arts he did this too Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, in Thailand. A highlight in Thailand was organising an international drama festival for students and teachers from around the world.

In Japan he used drama to develop language skills. Back in the UK Maurice was able to continue his experience with the IB Diploma programme in his role as Co-ordinator of the CAS programme at Sussex Coast College in Hastings. Here he staged a regional Model United Nations conference. As well as a love of literature, Maurice has taken great pleasure in developing whole school productions devised by the students wherever he has had the opportunity.

Maurice teaches Key stage 3 History, iGCSE and A level English Language, English Literature and is part of the GCSE Drama team specialists

Chris Brannam


Having taught Classics, general subjects and sport in the UK for over 25 years, Chris has been with the Old School since his arrival in France in 2017.

He currently teaches Geography to IGCSE level as well as running the school’s sports programme.

Ruth Brannam

Ruth graduated from Oxford University with a degree in French and German and taught Modern Languages for over 25 years in the UK to children aged between 10 and 18.

Since coming to France in 2017 she has run the school’s adult language courses and now has 5 classes of adult students.

Peter O'Donnell

PETER O’DONNELL BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
Queens University Belfast

Queens University Belfast
Awarded the Elizabeth J Fulton Award for highest scoring student in Biology.

8 years teaching experience in Thornhill College Grammar School, ages 11 – 18
Junior General Science

The Old School is an independent international Collège and Lycée hors contrat, 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.

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

email: info@oldschoolfrance.com

47410 St Colomb de Lauzun
05 53 40 60 54

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

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