In spring 2016, EIFA will be inaugurating a new site to meet the growing demand for its bilingual educational concept, where children are immersed in two languages of instructions – French and English – on a day to day basis.
EIFA has finally secured its permanent home for its Senior School, after having started on 3rd September 2015 in a temporary site on Harley Street, initially welcoming Years 7 to 10.
After its moves to Duchess Street, the EIFA Senior School plans to expand gradually with Year 11 opening in September 2016, Year 12 in 2017 and Year 13 in 2018.
This expansion plan will place EIFA in a very unique league of its own, offering the opportunity for students who want to continue the bilingual immersion path all the way through the graduating year and attain a bilingual diploma. Indeed, EIFA has applied to become a candidate school with the intention to offer the bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). It will be the first school in the UK to teach the IB Diploma Programme subjects half in French and in English.
A dream come true for EIFA's founders, teaching bilingually for children aged 3 to 18
The bilingual IB Diploma will allow EIFA's founders to fulfil their vision of offering a bilingual education for children aged 3 to 18. Both originating from officially bilingual countries, Belgium and Canada, the two founders of EIFA School, Sabine Dehon (General Manager) and Isabelle Faulkner (Head of Administration) explain their own quest as parents to find such as school: "When we looked at bilingual French-English alternatives from early childhood to diploma level for our own children, there weren't any in London. As early as 2008, we began discussing the idea of starting our own school where the languages of instructions would be French and English, carefully balanced to offer as near as possible a 50/50 ratio in the children's education."
At the EIFA Senior School, Years 7 to 10 follows the French curriculum programme, taught half in English and half in French. From September 2016, Year 11 will be a transition year, when IB teaching methods will be applied to the French National Curriculum to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme years. Year 12 and Year 13 (Grades 11 and 12) will follow the IB Diploma programme, with some subjects offered in French and some subjects in English.
Building on the success of its existing Junior School
The facilities are currently being refurbished to include a state-of the-art science laboratory, an art room, a library, a dedicated music room and all around modern facilities to meet the demands of 21st century international education.
The EIFA Senior School on Duchess Street is just a short walk from EIFA's Early Years and Junior School site on 36 Portland Place, welcoming 165 children from 33 different nationalities. Building on the success of its oversubscribed Junior School, EIFA Senior School will offer the same tailored and supportive teaching approach where all children can achieve their best potential academically and socially – equipping them with the right skills and mindsets to succeed in a world where universities and employers are looking for candidates with international, global profiles.
Wednesday 27th January 2016, 6pm – Tuesday 23rd February, 6pm - Monday 21st March, 6pm
Register online at ecole-ifa.com.