Ecole Francaise de Londres Jacques Prevert

Name Ecole Francaise de Londres Jacques Prevert
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 March 2018
Address 59 Brook Green, London, W6 7BE
Phone Number 02076026871
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 256 (50% boys 50% girls)
Local Authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

The Ecole Francaise de Londres Jacques Prevert is an independent French school. It follows the French national education system, admitting boys and girls from the same calendar year (‘rising three’-year-olds) into the Reception class each September. In the Elementaire section of the school there are currently two classes in each year group from Year 2 to Year 4 , one class in Year 5, one class in Year 6, and an additional vertically grouped Year 5 and Year 6 class. The Maternelle section contains one Reception class and one Year 1 class. The Ecole Francaise de Londres Jacques Prevert is ‘une ecole conventionnee’ subject to the authority of the French Ministry of Education and the French embassy in London. It is partially funded by the French Education Ministry via the Agence pour l’Enseignement Francais a l’Etranger (AEFE) and is inspected annually by the French inspectorate. The school’s latest French inspectorate report (released February 2018) considered the school ‘an outstanding success’. Subject to ‘une ecole conventionnee’ French teaching staff are appointed directly by the French authority (AEFE) for a three-year term. While staff may renew these contracts, the headteacher may only apply for a one- to two-year extension. Consequently, a new headteacher is appointed every three to five years. Since, the school’s last full independent school inspection, a new headteacher has been appointed. The school’s curriculum, including that of the early years, is regulated by the AEFE. The French Ministry is responsible for the performance management of French employees and the school’s curriculum, including that of the early years. The school premises was founded in 1974, initially to serve the local community of French nationals. The board has responsibility for the site, owned by the school. Collectively, the board oversees the recruitment and management of locally recruited teaching staff and the school’s English curriculum. The school is located in a residential area of West London, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. There are currently 260 pupils on roll, of whom 28 are in the French early years foundation stage (Moyenne section). The majority of pupils speak French as a first language. Over the years, an increasing proportion of bilingual French/English pupils have been admitted. Just under a fifth have dual French and British nationality. A few pupils speak languages other than French or English at home. There are a few pupils identified as being at an earlier stage of learning French than their peers. The vast majority of pupils continue their education at the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle. There are 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. There are no pupils entitled to additional government funding. Since the previous inspection, the AEFE has successfully applied to the Department for Education for an exemption from the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and board of directors are collectively an exceptionally effective group. They work together to ensure that the school continues to improve while protecting its unique culture and ethos. Leaders have created a culture of high aspirations where no pupil is left behind and all can flourish. Staff know that only the best will do, taking pride in what they achieve. As a result, staff mobility is low and morale is high. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding because of high-quality teaching, learning and assessment. They have a high level of proficiency in both French and English. Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Teachers use their deep subject knowledge and understanding of each pupil to provide timely challenge or support. Consequently, all pupils are helped to learn extremely well. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding. Staff understand pupils’ needs very well. As a result, pupils grow in confidence, developing skills and understanding in both academic and personal development. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. The early years provides an excellent start for children. They are very well supported in developing and practising their skills across the curriculum. Consequently, they consistently make rapid gains in their learning and grow in confidence quickly. Pupils benefit from an excellent curriculum. Activities are well planned to ensure that they meet the needs and abilities of all pupils as well as giving opportunities for ‘hands-on’ learning and application of knowledge and skills. However, leaders are aware of the need to explore further the use of technology to enhance pupils’ skills, particularly when undertaking independent research. 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.