|Name||Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||35 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2DG|
|Number of Pupils||3523 (49.9% boys 50.1% girls)|
|Local Authority||Kensington and Chelsea|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Information about this school
The Lycée Charles De Gaulle is an independent day school. It provides education for boys and girls aged from three to 19 years. The main school base is located in South Kensington where all phases are educated from early years to the sixth form. There are also three primary school sites located in different parts of London: André Malraux in Ealing, Wix in Clapham and Marie D’Orliac in Fulham. The school is responsible to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with its educational provision overseen by the French Minister of Education. The school serves the French community in London and a smaller number of pupils of other nationalities. Most pupils are bilingual in French and English and study for the Baccalauréat following the French curriculum. The British section provides the opportunity for pupils from Year 10 upwards to gain English GCSE and A-level qualifications. Up to 64 pupils are admitted to the British section each year. The school has been granted exemption from the early years foundation stage learning and development requirements and these aspects of the provision were not inspected. There are few pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities, and none with an education, health and care plan.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Pupils thrive academically and socially in a vibrant and purposeful learning environment. Leaders have an accurate view of the strengths and areas for improvement of the school. They draw on external support appropriately to develop the school’s effectiveness. Pupils acquire skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects. They enrich their studies with an extensive selection of extra-curricular activities. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Sixth-form students receive personalised guidance about careers and university applications. Strong outcomes mean students are well prepared for the future and to make successful applications to the universities of their choice. Good-quality teaching and assessment enable pupils to achieve well. Teachers’ specialist subject knowledge motivates pupils who generally demonstrate diligent attitudes to their learning. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They interact with each other and their teachers positively. However, teachers vary in how closely they follow the school’s behaviour policy. Occasionally, pupils’ progress is limited because : they become distracted from their work when it is not sufficiently challenging, or they need more support. The school has well-organised safeguarding systems. Pupils receive guidance on ways in which to avoid risks and keep safe. However, there is not a consistent approach to ensuring that pupils understand the importance of online safety. The teaching of the revised personal development curriculum is in its early stages. The quality of some facilities varies between different school sites. Parents, carers and staff do not wholeheartedly find communications with school leaders to be informative and responsive to concerns. Leaders do not have a comprehensive overview of pupils’ achievement across the whole school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.