An excellent command of the French language is essential, enabling pupils to enrich their vocabularies, become familiar with a range of texts, discover the joy of reading and develop their skills of self-expression. Studying the language encourages more precise written and spoken expression. The class content is wide-ranging in terms of knowledge and skills, enabling pupils to become increasingly independent learners.

French as a foreign language

Language support classes are provided for pupils whose language level when joining the school would not allow them to fully access the curriculum in French.

Most of the time, pupils are in immersion classes with a focus on reading.

In most cases, two to four periods a week either individually or in a small group is all the additional support needed.

At the start of the year, their competences in oral and written French are assessed using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to decide the most suitable programme to follow.

At the end of each term, pupils are again assessed and the programme, or the number of hours of support, is adjusted appropriately.


The study of philosophy helps to develop the ability to analyse, to present rigorous arguments using precise vocabulary and to acquire the intellectual skills necessary to be an active participant in the contemporary world.

It encourages free discussion and examination of ideas, beliefs, institutions, customs etc. from a critical point of view and within accepted limits.

It leads pupils to understand the complexities of everyday life and different points of view they may encounter and encourages an open-minded attitude that favours mutual understanding and tolerance.

Through the study of the key themes in western thought and the theories expounded by the major philosophers, the aim is that pupils will find the teaching of philosophy a useful preparation for the future.


Philosophy workshops form part of the programme at primary level and in the cycle.

Taking part in philosophical discussion is aimed to encourage independent thinking, open-mindedness and reflection.

In these workshops, the pupils are made more aware of their own thoughts by comparing them with others; thinking becomes more than a solitary exercise when it happens collectively and is based on listening to others with mutual respect.

French as a foreign language

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