A French experience

The term in France provides a wonderfully immersive cultural and linguistic French experience for girls across the School.

An immersive adventure in France

The Lower School term in France is a unique opportunity to experience life in France. All members of the Lower Fourth (Year 8) take part in this great adventure, which becomes a highlight of their education at Downe.

“I will always treasure my time in France!”
Clara, Lower Fourth (2018)

A holistic education

The term in France is designed to provide each girl with the opportunity to immerse herself in a new culture. Teaching and learning are of the utmost importance and whilst girls inevitably make enormous progress in French, they can also expect to be challenged intellectually and personally on a daily basis, becoming more independent and confident as a result.

School-based learning is supported by an extensive and stimulating programme of trips which have included visits to historical sites, working with a truffle expert, and a variety of sporting activities. The term in France also includes the girls working closely with the local community where they are involved in charity work, opportunities for collaborative projects with pupils of a similar age, a partnership with a local primary school where the girls teach English and concerts for elderly members of the community.

Teaching and learning

The curriculum takes advantage of our surroundings which are rich in art, history and geography and this becomes a natural extension to the classroom through a carefully designed programme of ‘sorties’ or outings.

Our classrooms are equipped with AV/IT facilities and we employ a variety of teaching methods to engage and stimulate learners.

Term in France Curriculum

All lessons except Mathematics are delivered in French as far as is practical and we differentiate language lessons for bilingual pupils and girls who are relatively inexperienced in the subject.

We maintain close links with academic departments in the UK and girls will study French, History and Mathematics alongside distinct subjects such as SVT (Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre). Cookery and Textiles are included in the curriculum and each term a small number of girls attend a workshop in either oil or watercolour painting.

Girls are regularly assessed throughout the term and a full written report is published at the end of the term.

Adventures in France

Who better to describe the term in France than the girls themselves? Get a glimpse of the term in France.


Open Mornings and Virtual Tours

The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. We tailor our virtual Open Mornings and Virtual Tours to suit your family.