|Name||La Petite Ecole Francaise|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||73 St Charles Square, London, W10 6EJ|
|Number of Pupils||125 (59.2% boys 40.8% girls)|
|Local Authority||Kensington and Chelsea|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Information about this school
La Petite Ecole Française is an independent French school that follows the French national education system. It caters for pupils aged 3 to 11 years. The school was founded in 1983 and moved to its present location in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2010. The school is part of the AEFE (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger) and has been awarded ‘homologation’ status that confirms the school follows the learning objectives of the French curriculum. There are currently two Petite Section classes, a Moyenne Section class, a Grande Section class and a double-level Moyenne-Grande Section class. In the primary section, there are also two double-level classes, Cours préparatoire (CP)/ Cours élémentaire 1 (CP1) and Cours élémentaire 2 (CP2)/ Cours Moyen 1 (CM1) and a single Cours Moyen 2 (CM2) class. There are no off-site units run by the school. Pupils in the Petite section have two to three hours of English weekly. Those in the Primaire section receive six hours of English per week. There are pupils of 17 different nationalities in the school. The majority speak French as a first language. There are currently no pupils with an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and or/disabilities is well below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Senior leaders and the proprietor have been successful in achieving their vision of developing a ‘nurturing and homely environment in which the children can thrive’. Leaders strive for excellence in all areas of the school’s work. The headteacher has worked very successfully to intertwine the French curriculum with pupils’ acquisition of English language skills. Parents and staff unequivocally support the leadership team of the school. Staff morale is exceptionally high and they benefit from a strong programme of training. Leaders are highly ambitious for the small number of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Consequently, these pupils are fully included in the school and make very strong progress. Pupils leave La Petite Ecole Française exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education. They have a high level of proficiency in both French and English. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They demonstrate a high degree of resilience and extremely positive attitudes to their learning. Pupils are safe and very well cared for. Teachers set high standards, with an unwavering focus on developing pupils’ speaking and listening skills. A highly engaging curriculum contributes to pupils’ strong progress in all subjects and supports their development as well-rounded individuals. Pupils’ spiritual moral, social and cultural development is actively promoted through excellent learning opportunities. Teachers provide pupils with a high level of challenge and develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding very well. However, there are times when pupils wait too long for adult guidance when they finish their work. The early years section is very well led. Children develop well academically and socially as the result of the excellent teaching and care they receive. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulation 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.