EIFA is proud to be an IB World SchoolQuality at the heart of everything we doMORE
Little EIFA Day Nursery designed to start children on their bilingual journey.Early Years Foundation Stage in bilingual English/French
Junior EIFA combines French National and British curriculums in a supportive and stimulating learning environment.
®Senior EIFA, offering an international education including IGCSE and International Baccalaureate (IB) in preparedness for a multicultural world.

Our vision is to present a truly bilingual environment, where a combination of high-quality, imaginative and engaging teaching gives students the priceless gift of two mother tongues.

Welcome to Senior EIFA

We are delighted to welcome you to our international bilingual Senior School.

EIFA offers a high quality of teaching and learning by delivering an international education based on the French curriculum.

Our aim is to nurture our students with both French and English language and culture while ensuring each of them full fill their academic potential in order to be able to meet the expectations of the French or UK Universities. We make sure our students are valued, respected in their differences and encouraged to be open-minded in a multicultural environment.

We also encourage them to take initiatives, to engage in humanitarian projects and to become independent, educated and happy adults, giving them the tools and skills they need to become true citizens of the world.

We look forward to meeting you, your son or daughter and welcoming you to our school.

Françoise Zurbach
Head of School

Parent’s Guide 2022-2023 CLICK HERE

Admissions

EIFA welcomes applications for admission from all students regardless of nationality, religion or gender. Applications are considered throughout the year and visitors are always welcome to make an appointment to receive a private tour of our school.

There are no formal examination requirements at EIFA. However students are required to demonstrate good academic achievement and ability. Where classes are over-subscribed, priority is given to siblings and Westminster residents.

Minimum level of English or French required

During the Junior years and up to Year 8 of the Senior years, we accept children who have not yet mastered one of the two languages of instruction, French or English.

For Year 9 and Year 10 students, admission will be subject to approval by the Head of School. Additional assessments may be required based on academic performance of the child.

Entry at 11+

11+ students will be invited for an informal interview with the Head of Curriculum. This interview will be held at the school or via Skype/telephone if needed. Students will also be asked to produce a recommendation letter from a teacher or principal of their current school.

Process

Applications will be reviewed and a decision taken regarding acceptance only when all of the documents listed below have been received:

A completed and signed Application Form together with a photograph of the student and the Registration Fee.

A complete official transcript of the student’s school record including the results of any standardised testing or other assessments. Parents should request an official transcript to be sent directly to EIFA from each school attended in the last three years, if applicable.

A copy of the child’s passport and birth certificate.
The completed and signed medical form.

If you have any additional questions on any aspect of the admission process, or if you wish to book an appointment, visit our school or meet Mme Zurbach, do not hesitate to contact the school’s Registrar:  e: registrar@eifaschool.com   |   t:  +44 20 7637 5351

Senior EIFA staff

All our French teachers are French native speakers; they are all certified or hold a teaching diploma from the French Ministry of Education. All our English teachers are qualified, native English speakers, with experience teaching in their home countries as well as in schools around the world.

Senior EIFA Registration and School Fees

Academic Year: 2022 – 2023

REGISTRATION
New Pupils Administrative Fee (One-off, non-refundable) £300
New Pupils School Deposit (One-off, refundable) £2,000
SCHOOL FEES (per term)
Year 7 £8,366
Year 8 £8,366
Year 9 £8,366
Year 10 £8,577
Year 11 £8,577
Year 12 IB £8,862
Year 12 IB £8,862

School fees include lunch, day trips, IGCSE assessment fee, Brevet National registration fee, as well as IB exam fees
A 5% discount is applicable on fees paid yearly in advance
A 5% discount per sibling applies to the second child, up to 15% in total (3 siblings)
School fees are subject to yearly reviews

Payment of Fees

School fees are payable termly in advance, and accounts must be settled in full on, or before, the first day of each term. Interest will be charged on overdue fees. Students will not be allowed to start school until invoices have been settled.

Extras – other costs incurred by the School or the student on the student’s behalf will be charged as extras, including transport, residential trips, after-school clubs, PE kit, lost or damaged books, iPads/laptops, private music tuition.

Payment may be made by BACS to:
L’Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise Ltd
HSBC Bank PLC (60 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4N 4TR)
Sort Code: 401160
Account No.: 70723347
IBAN No.: GB83HBUK40116070723347
Swift Code: HBUKGB4B

Please quote the Child’s Name when making a Direct Payment.

Please note that a full term’s written notice is required for the withdrawal of your child from EIFA or a term’s fees in lieu will be due. A term’s notice means notice given on or before the last day of term prior to the child’s withdrawal, in writing. Notices must be emailed to the Head of School, hand delivered or sent by recorded or guaranteed delivery post to EIFA: 36 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LS. Fees are also payable if EIFA school is closed for any event beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to, lack of essential services and weather conditions.

Please note that all international bank transfers are to be made net of all bank fees. EIFA reserves the right to invoice parents all bank fees charged to the school.

Late Payment

EIFA school reserves the right to charge interest at 5% above the base rate for the time being for late payment of fees.

Terms and conditions

Please read these carefully before signing the Acceptance Form.

Bilingual curriculum

Our Senior School welcomes students in Year 7 to Year 13.

From Year 7 to Year 9, the curriculum is based on the French National Curriculum with subjects being taught equally in English and French. In Year 10, all students will be taking courses in IGCSE subjects and French nationals may opt to take the Diplôme National du Brevet. Year 11 is the final year of IGCSE courses and incorporates courses in study skills and research. In Year 12, students follow the IB Diploma Programme. Please click here for more information on the IB Diploma Programme.

Starting from Year 7, our students have the opportunity of enriching their cultural and linguistic outlook by learning Spanish and German, with Latin as an option, instead of German.

We achieved 100% success rate at the last Brevet examination, and 100% pass rate at the last IGCSE exams.

IGCSE curriculum

We offer Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education for Years 10/11.
IGCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 11 after two years of study. EIFA students take IGCSE subjects in English but EIFA also offers First and Foreign Language French and Art and Design taught in French.

Certificates available (subject to demand and individual consultation with families) may therefore include:

French (First or Foreign Language – taught in French)
English (First or Foreign Language – taught in English)
Spanish (First or Foreign Language – taught in Spanish) / alternatively a student’s first Language to be arranged on an individual basis
International Mathematics (taught in English)
Sciences (taught in English with a bilingual element in Biology according to demand)
Art/Design (taught in either English or French in a bilingual class)
Drama (taught in English)

EIFA is an IGCSE Cambridge and Edexcel Exams Centre. Students from other schools are welcome to take their IGCSE exams with us. For more information, please click on the links below.

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses.html
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/

The IGCSE is seen by many International School Headteachers as the best preparation for the pre university years (IB Diploma, A levels etc).
Please feel free to email Françoise Zurbach, Head of School via the school’s email address if you have any questions at this stage: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EIFA: International Baccalaureate®(IB)
Diploma programme (DP)

EIFA is proud to be an IB World School, offering our students the opportunity to follow the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

EIFA IB Handbook – CLICK HERE

EIFA and the IBO share the same ethos – to enable young people to become flexible, open-minded citizens of the world, fully supported in their development as critical thinkers. The IB offers a broad curriculum, whilst enabling students to develop the invaluable skill of taking responsibility for their own learning.

At EIFA, the international nature of the Diploma Programme is reflected by both our student body (which comprises over 40 different nationalities) and our teaching staff, who are drawn from all around the world and have extensive experience in teaching in North America, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

EIFA’s commitment to promoting multiculturalism and multilingualism means that we are one of very few schools to offer students the opportunity of gaining a Bilingual IB Diploma.

The IB Diploma is a demanding academic programme of study, which is regarded as excellent preparation for higher education and therefore, highly valued by leading universities worldwide.

Come in for a visit and meet our IB team, to learn more about how IB can benefit your children and their future.

The IB Diploma curriculum is made up of:

Three core elements

Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Theory of knowledge (ToK) plays a special role in the IB Diploma by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. ToK flows through all subjects enabling students to develop critical thinking skills and to reflect on their learning and understanding. The ToK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay.

Extended Essay (EE)

The EE element allows students to research and write a 4,000-word essay on a topic of their choice and as such, is invaluable preparation for the rigours of university study. The essay also allows students to demonstrate their interest in a subject linked to their choice of university course. We recognise this level of independent study may seem daunting and therefore, students will be able to work with the Extended Essay (or EE) Coordinator and other members of staff, to discuss and shape their ideas, as well as hone their academic skills.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

CAS is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. It is one of the three essential components of every student’s IB experience. It requires students to become involved in a range of activities and projects alongside their academic studies, throughout the IB Diploma Programme.

Six subject groups

Studies in language and literature
Language acquisition
Individuals and societies
Sciences
Mathematics
The arts

What do students study?

One of the key features of the IB Diploma is its comprehensive nature, meaning that students study a range of disciplines. IB students choose six courses from six subject areas. Three courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). In addition, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) and produce a 4000 word Extended Essay (EE).

How do students choose their subjects?

The Higher Level (HL) subjects are usually related to the subjects the student wishes to study at university. The IB Coordinator and tutors will support students in putting together a programme that includes the students’ preferred subjects, whilst also equipping them for their next step in education.

EIFA’s Bilingual IB Diploma Programme

With its extensive language provisions, EIFA offers its students the possibility of opting for the Bilingual IB Diploma. Such a diploma opens opportunities for higher education in any institution using French or English as the medium of instruction.

Benefits of the IB Diploma

The IB Diploma is internationally recognised as a highly valued entrance qualification for universities throughout Europe and around the world, whilst encouraging a ‘global outlook’ in students who participate. Moreover, the IB Diploma is consistently rated as the best post-16 qualification in terms of its academic integrity, range and ability in providing students with the study skills they need in order to thrive in higher education.

UK Universities welcome students with the IB Diploma. Indeed, it is recognised that the IB Diploma is an excellent preparation for university by the UK University and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

Universities demonstrate a positive attitude to Diploma applicants, as it is recognised that IB students have developed a broad range of skills and are thus prepared for the demands of higher education.
• Diploma students have a significantly greater likelihood of earning a first-class honours degree,
compared to A Level students
• Diploma students are significantly more likely to be engaged in further study, after the completion of a full-time undergraduate degree, while A Level students are more likely to join the workforce at this point.
Information from: https://www.ibo.org/uk/universities/uk-universities-and-the-ib-diploma-programme/

Sports

EIFA International School offers a wide variety of sports which ensures that all students are able to take part or compete in this important area of school life regardless of their talents or skills.

We value sport not only for the health and fitness benefits it provides but also for the values it instills: discipline, independence, determination, camaraderie and teamwork.

Students are encouraged to participate at all levels and they can be confident of receiving excellent coaching and an opportunity to represent EIFA in matches against other schools.

Extra curricular

Subject to demand, EIFA offers a wide range of optional extra-curricular activities in the afternoon, from 4.15pm to 5.00pm. The activities are offered to all students registered in the School.

At the beginning of every term, parents will have the option to enrol their children in the homework club and/or an after-school club. The “clubs” activities include various sports, foreign languages, visual arts, STEAM, coding, drama, private music tuition or simply the homework club. These clubs are offered in either English or French. It is another great opportunity for your child to practise either language outside the classroom setting.

We hope that you will like our range of after-school activities.

Homework club

A Homework Club is offered to Junior and Senior students only. Teachers will help the students with their studies and homework.

Afternoon: From 4.15pm to 5.00pm session.

Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com) at the beginning of each term (September – December – March). Fees for clubs are non-refundable. Full fee is charged, whether or not a student attended all sessions.

A student may be admitted to the Homework Club when the fee is paid in full. In exceptional cases, a student can attend a Homework Club if the parent notifies the Head of School in advance. Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com)

Private music tuition

EIFA offers weekly private music tuition for violin. Lessons are provided by qualified music teachers at the school.

During the academic year, fees per 30-minute sessions and 45-minute sessions will be defined at the beginning of the year. Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com) before beginning of each term.

For more information, please contact the school Registrar at: registrar@eifaschool.com.

School supplies

Senior School Supplies 2022-2023: Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10, Y11,Y12, Y13 classes

EIFA School is an APPLE school, all senior school students need to bring a laptop preferably a Macbook.
For the purchase of computer equipment, the school has preferential rates with Academia, available on the following site: https://eifa.store.academia.co.uk

For all classes from Y7 to Y13
Blue, red, green, black ballpoint pens
1 cartridge pen & an ink eraser
1 HB pencil & 1 pencil sharpener
3 different coloured highlighters
glue & scissors
20cm clear plastic ruler
double sided Seyes lines large format
single sided Seyes lines large format
coloured pencils
1 USB flash drive
EIFA PE Kit available HERE.

History Geography
For all classes:
medium-sized felt tip pens
1 cardboard folder with flaps 24X32

Mathematics
For all classes:
micrometric paper A4, 1 mm
tracing paper A4
clear plastic set square
a protractor marked in degrees (0-180 and 180-0) in clear plastic
1 compass with small pencil
1 cardboard folder with flaps 24X32

Y7 to Y10 classes:
1 Casio fx-92 Collège 2D+ Calculator

Y11 to Y13 classes:
1 Texas Instruments TI-83 Premium CE graphic calculator

Physics/Chemistry and Sciences:
For all classes:
1 long sleeve white lab coat
1 folder with flaps
1 black fineliner felt tip pen

Biology
Y9, Y10, Y11 classes:
1 long sleeve white lab coat

Technology
Y9, Y10 classes:
1 flexible binder 24×32
1 folder with flaps
1 long sleeve white lab coat

Textbooks

A set of textbooks is lent to each student for the duration of the school year. At the end of the year, or earlier for transferring students, the books must be returned in the condition in which they were issued, allowance being made for normal wear and tear.

A charge will be made for textbooks and library books lost or damaged beyond the accepted standard.

From Nursery to Year 6, certain stationery items will be provided by the School. From Year 7 onwards, students are responsible for providing their own stationery and personal equipment.

Frequently asked questions

We compiled a list of questions that parents have asked us during the application process. Please contact us if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to answer them personally.

Registrations are open for Years 7 to 12.

EIFA Senior School is located in the heart of Marylebone and only a few minutes’ walk from the EIFA Junior School. The address is Duchess House, 10 Duchess Street, London, W1G 9AB.

At EIFA, every day is an Open Day. We offer a private tour with our Head of School and trial days at your convenience. Please consult our ‘Contact us‘ page to book your visit.

From Year 7 to Year 9 (6e à la 4e), the curriculum is based on the French National Curriculum with subjects being taught equally in English and French. In Year 10 (classe de 3e) French nationals may opt to take the Diplôme National du Brevet and all students may be taking courses in IGCSE subjects. Year 11 (classe de seconde) is the final year of IGCSE courses and incorporates courses in study skills and research. In Year 12, students follow the IB Diploma Programme.  Please click here for more information on the IB Diploma Programme. 

Yes, if they wish to. EIFA Senior School follows the French curriculum up until Y11. Y10 students can sit the Diplôme National du Brevet.

We offer Spanish and latin as additional languages for all Senior School children. Additional languages can be offered if there is enough demand for them.

Yes, students have access to computers both during and after school.

Please visit our school fees section above.

Once a child has joined our school, they are assured of a bilingual, international education at EIFA until they complete their secondary education at 18. Our Y6 pupils transfer seamlessly to the senior school where they will be prepared for iGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate®. While our pupils are excited by the prospect of moving to the senior school with its science lab and additional subject offerings, the transition is relatively stress-free because the children already know the building and recognise many of the older pupils.

The international nature of our school means that some of our students may not be able to stay with us for their entire schooling. Parents can rest assured that children leaving EIFA can transfer to and flourish in leading French, English and International schools worldwide. The school is happy to support and advise those parents and pupils.

Children can easily transfer to French schools in France and abroad at the end of Y6. However, if you are in London longer, your child can continue to benefit from a bilingual education following the French curriculum, and take the brevet examination at the end of 3eme (Y10).

EIFA is part of the MLF and AEFE networks and can offer support and advice for your applications to French schools around the world.

EIFA is not a prep school and therefore does not prepare children for the entry examinations to English schools at age 11. However, many of our children have been successful in such examinations and have gained places at leading London schools such as Westminster, City of London Boys, University College School (UCS), Emanuel, Channing and Mill Hill.

Quality at the heart of everything we do.

EIFA is an approved centre to offer iGCSEs with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), as well as Edexcel International GCSEs qualifications from Pearson, which are studied in over 55 countries worldwide and at over 350 independent schools in the UK.

EIFA is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme. We are also a MLF approved school and AEFE partner.

About EIFAQuality at the heart
of everything we do
English-French bilingual education
Internationally accredited education
Fostering open-minded
and flexible citizens of the world

Our vision is to present a truly bilingual environment, where a combination of high-quality, imaginative and engaging teaching gives students the priceless gift of two mother tongues.

Welcome to Senior EIFA

We are delighted to welcome you to our international bilingual Senior School.

EIFA offers a high quality of teaching and learning by delivering an international education based on the French curriculum.

Our aim is to nurture our students with both French and English language and culture while ensuring each of them full fill their academic potential in order to be able to meet the expectations of the French or UK Universities. We make sure our students are valued, respected in their differences and encouraged to be open-minded in a multicultural environment.

We also encourage them to take initiatives, to engage in humanitarian projects and to become independent, educated and happy adults, giving them the tools and skills they need to become true citizens of the world.

We look forward to meeting you, your son or daughter and welcoming you to our school.

Françoise Zurbach
Head of School

Parent’s Guide 2022-2023 CLICK HERE

Admissions

EIFA welcomes applications for admission from all students regardless of nationality, religion or gender. Applications are considered throughout the year and visitors are always welcome to make an appointment to receive a private tour of our school.

There are no formal examination requirements at EIFA. However students are required to demonstrate good academic achievement and ability. Where classes are over-subscribed, priority is given to siblings and Westminster residents.

Minimum level of English or French required

During the Junior years and up to Year 8 of the Senior years, we accept children who have not yet mastered one of the two languages of instruction, French or English.

For Year 9 and Year 10 students, admission will be subject to approval by the Head of School. Additional assessments may be required based on academic performance of the child.

Entry at 11+

11+ students will be invited for an informal interview with the Head of Curriculum. This interview will be held at the school or via Skype/telephone if needed. Students will also be asked to produce a recommendation letter from a teacher or principal of their current school.

Process

Applications will be reviewed and a decision taken regarding acceptance only when all of the documents listed below have been received:

A completed and signed Application Form together with a photograph of the student and the Registration Fee.

A complete official transcript of the student’s school record including the results of any standardised testing or other assessments. Parents should request an official transcript to be sent directly to EIFA from each school attended in the last three years, if applicable.

A copy of the child’s passport and birth certificate.
The completed and signed medical form.

If you have any additional questions on any aspect of the admission process, or if you wish to book an appointment, visit our school or meet Mme Zurbach, do not hesitate to contact the school’s Registrar:  e: registrar@eifaschool.com   |   t:  +44 20 7637 5351

Senior EIFA staff

All our French teachers are French native speakers; they are all certified or hold a teaching diploma from the French Ministry of Education. All our English teachers are qualified, native English speakers, with experience teaching in their home countries as well as in schools around the world.

Senior EIFA Registration and School Fees

Academic Year: 2022 – 2023

REGISTRATION
New Pupils Administrative Fee
(One-off, non-refundable)
£300
New Pupils School Deposit
(One-off, refundable)
£2,000
SCHOOL FEES
(per term)
Year 7 £8,366
Year 8 £8,366
Year 9 £8,366
Year 10 £8,577
Year 11 £8,577
Year 12 IB £8,862
Year 12 IB £8,862

School fees include lunch, day trips, IGCSE assessment fee, Brevet National registration fee, as well as IB exam fees
A 5% discount is applicable on fees paid yearly in advance
A 5% discount per sibling applies to the second child, up to 15% in total (3 siblings)
School fees are subject to yearly reviews

Payment of Fees

School fees are payable termly in advance, and accounts must be settled in full on, or before, the first day of each term. Interest will be charged on overdue fees. Students will not be allowed to start school until invoices have been settled.

Extras – other costs incurred by the School or the student on the student’s behalf will be charged as extras, including transport, residential trips, after-school clubs, PE kit, lost or damaged books, iPads/laptops, private music tuition.

Payment may be made by BACS to:
L’Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise Ltd
HSBC Bank PLC (60 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4N 4TR)
Sort Code: 401160
Account No.: 70723347
IBAN No.: GB83HBUK40116070723347
Swift Code: HBUKGB4B

Please quote the Child’s Name when making a Direct Payment.

Please note that a full term’s written notice is required for the withdrawal of your child from EIFA or a term’s fees in lieu will be due. A term’s notice means notice given on or before the last day of term prior to the child’s withdrawal, in writing. Notices must be emailed to the Head of School, hand delivered or sent by recorded or guaranteed delivery post to EIFA: 36 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LS. Fees are also payable if EIFA school is closed for any event beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to, lack of essential services and weather conditions.

Please note that all international bank transfers are to be made net of all bank fees. EIFA reserves the right to invoice parents all bank fees charged to the school.

Late Payment

EIFA school reserves the right to charge interest at 5% above the base rate for the time being for late payment of fees.

Terms and conditions

Please read these carefully before signing the Acceptance Form.

Bilingual curriculum

Our Senior School welcomes students in Year 7 to Year 13.

From Year 7 to Year 9, the curriculum is based on the French National Curriculum with subjects being taught equally in English and French. In Year 10, all students will be taking courses in IGCSE subjects and French nationals may opt to take the Diplôme National du Brevet. Year 11 is the final year of IGCSE courses and incorporates courses in study skills and research. In Year 12, students follow the IB Diploma Programme. Please click here for more information on the IB Diploma Programme.

Starting from Year 7, our students have the opportunity of enriching their cultural and linguistic outlook by learning Spanish and German, with Latin as an option, instead of German.

We achieved 100% success rate at the last Brevet examination, and 100% pass rate at the last IGCSE exams.

IGCSE curriculum

We offer Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education for Years 10/11.
IGCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 11 after two years of study. EIFA students take IGCSE subjects in English but EIFA also offers First and Foreign Language French and Art and Design taught in French.

Certificates available (subject to demand and individual consultation with families) may therefore include:

French (First or Foreign Language – taught in French)
English (First or Foreign Language – taught in English)
Spanish (First or Foreign Language – taught in Spanish) / alternatively a student’s first Language to be arranged on an individual basis
International Mathematics (taught in English)
Sciences (taught in English with a bilingual element in Biology according to demand)
Art/Design (taught in either English or French in a bilingual class)
Drama (taught in English)

EIFA is an IGCSE Cambridge and Edexcel Exams Centre. Students from other schools are welcome to take their IGCSE exams with us. For more information, please click on the links below.

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses.html
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/

The IGCSE is seen by many International School Headteachers as the best preparation for the pre university years (IB Diploma, A levels etc).
Please feel free to email Françoise Zurbach, Head of School via the school’s email address if you have any questions at this stage: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EIFA: International Baccalaureate®(IB)
Diploma programme (DP)

EIFA is proud to be an IB World School, offering our students the opportunity to follow the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

EIFA IB Handbook – CLICK HERE

EIFA and the IBO share the same ethos – to enable young people to become flexible, open-minded citizens of the world, fully supported in their development as critical thinkers. The IB offers a broad curriculum, whilst enabling students to develop the invaluable skill of taking responsibility for their own learning.

At EIFA, the international nature of the Diploma Programme is reflected by both our student body (which comprises over 40 different nationalities) and our teaching staff, who are drawn from all around the world and have extensive experience in teaching in North America, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

EIFA’s commitment to promoting multiculturalism and multilingualism means that we are one of very few schools to offer students the opportunity of gaining a Bilingual IB Diploma.

The IB Diploma is a demanding academic programme of study, which is regarded as excellent preparation for higher education and therefore, highly valued by leading universities worldwide.

Come in for a visit and meet our IB team, to learn more about how IB can benefit your children and their future.

The IB Diploma curriculum is made up of:

Three core elements

Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Theory of knowledge (ToK) plays a special role in the IB Diploma by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. ToK flows through all subjects enabling students to develop critical thinking skills and to reflect on their learning and understanding. The ToK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay.

Extended Essay (EE)

The EE element allows students to research and write a 4,000-word essay on a topic of their choice and as such, is invaluable preparation for the rigours of university study. The essay also allows students to demonstrate their interest in a subject linked to their choice of university course. We recognise this level of independent study may seem daunting and therefore, students will be able to work with the Extended Essay (or EE) Coordinator and other members of staff, to discuss and shape their ideas, as well as hone their academic skills.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

CAS is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. It is one of the three essential components of every student’s IB experience. It requires students to become involved in a range of activities and projects alongside their academic studies, throughout the IB Diploma Programme.

Six subject groups

Studies in language and literature
Language acquisition
Individuals and societies
Sciences
Mathematics
The arts

What do students study?

One of the key features of the IB Diploma is its comprehensive nature, meaning that students study a range of disciplines. IB students choose six courses from six subject areas. Three courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). In addition, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) and produce a 4000 word Extended Essay (EE).

How do students choose their subjects?

The Higher Level (HL) subjects are usually related to the subjects the student wishes to study at university. The IB Coordinator and tutors will support students in putting together a programme that includes the students’ preferred subjects, whilst also equipping them for their next step in education.

EIFA’s Bilingual IB Diploma Programme

With its extensive language provisions, EIFA offers its students the possibility of opting for the Bilingual IB Diploma. Such a diploma opens opportunities for higher education in any institution using French or English as the medium of instruction.

Benefits of the IB Diploma

The IB Diploma is internationally recognised as a highly valued entrance qualification for universities throughout Europe and around the world, whilst encouraging a ‘global outlook’ in students who participate. Moreover, the IB Diploma is consistently rated as the best post-16 qualification in terms of its academic integrity, range and ability in providing students with the study skills they need in order to thrive in higher education.

UK Universities welcome students with the IB Diploma. Indeed, it is recognised that the IB Diploma is an excellent preparation for university by the UK University and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

Universities demonstrate a positive attitude to Diploma applicants, as it is recognised that IB students have developed a broad range of skills and are thus prepared for the demands of higher education.
• Diploma students have a significantly greater likelihood of earning a first-class honours degree,
compared to A Level students
• Diploma students are significantly more likely to be engaged in further study, after the completion of a full-time undergraduate degree, while A Level students are more likely to join the workforce at this point.
Information from: https://www.ibo.org/uk/universities/uk-universities-and-the-ib-diploma-programme/

Sports

EIFA International School offers a wide variety of sports which ensures that all students are able to take part or compete in this important area of school life regardless of their talents or skills.

We value sport not only for the health and fitness benefits it provides but also for the values it instills: discipline, independence, determination, camaraderie and teamwork.

Students are encouraged to participate at all levels and they can be confident of receiving excellent coaching and an opportunity to represent EIFA in matches against other schools.

Extra curricular

Subject to demand, EIFA offers a wide range of optional extra-curricular activities in the afternoon, from 4.15pm to 5.00pm. The activities are offered to all students registered in the School.

At the beginning of every term, parents will have the option to enrol their children in the homework club and/or an after-school club. The “clubs” activities include various sports, foreign languages, visual arts, STEAM, coding, drama, private music tuition or simply the homework club. These clubs are offered in either English or French. It is another great opportunity for your child to practise either language outside the classroom setting.

We hope that you will like our range of after-school activities.

Homework club

A Homework Club is offered to Junior and Senior students only. Teachers will help the students with their studies and homework.

Afternoon: From 4.15pm to 5.00pm session.

Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com) at the beginning of each term (September – December – March). Fees for clubs are non-refundable. Full fee is charged, whether or not a student attended all sessions.

A student may be admitted to the Homework Club when the fee is paid in full. In exceptional cases, a student can attend a Homework Club if the parent notifies the Head of School in advance. Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com)

Private music tuition

EIFA offers weekly private music tuition for violin. Lessons are provided by qualified music teachers at the school.

During the academic year, fees per 30-minute sessions and 45-minute sessions will be defined at the beginning of the year. Fees are payable in advance via Parentpay (https://www.parentpay.com) before beginning of each term.

For more information, please contact the school Registrar at: registrar@eifaschool.com.

School supplies

Senior School Supplies 2022-2023: Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10, Y11,Y12, Y13 classes

EIFA School is an APPLE school, all senior school students need to bring a laptop preferably a Macbook.
For the purchase of computer equipment, the school has preferential rates with Academia, available on the following site: https://eifa.store.academia.co.uk

For all classes from Y7 to Y13
Blue, red, green, black ballpoint pens
1 cartridge pen & an ink eraser
1 HB pencil & 1 pencil sharpener
3 different coloured highlighters
glue & scissors
20cm clear plastic ruler
double sided Seyes lines large format
single sided Seyes lines large format
coloured pencils
1 USB flash drive
EIFA PE Kit available HERE.

History Geography
For all classes:
medium-sized felt tip pens
1 cardboard folder with flaps 24X32

Mathematics
For all classes:
micrometric paper A4, 1 mm
tracing paper A4
clear plastic set square
a protractor marked in degrees (0-180 and 180-0) in clear plastic
1 compass with small pencil
1 cardboard folder with flaps 24X32

Y7 to Y10 classes:
1 Casio fx-92 Collège 2D+ Calculator

Y11 to Y13 classes:
1 Texas Instruments TI-83 Premium CE graphic calculator

Physics/Chemistry and Sciences:
For all classes:
1 long sleeve white lab coat
1 folder with flaps
1 black fineliner felt tip pen

Biology
Y9, Y10, Y11 classes:
1 long sleeve white lab coat

Technology
Y9, Y10 classes:
1 flexible binder 24×32
1 folder with flaps
1 long sleeve white lab coat

Textbooks

A set of textbooks is lent to each student for the duration of the school year. At the end of the year, or earlier for transferring students, the books must be returned in the condition in which they were issued, allowance being made for normal wear and tear.

A charge will be made for textbooks and library books lost or damaged beyond the accepted standard.

From Nursery to Year 6, certain stationery items will be provided by the School. From Year 7 onwards, students are responsible for providing their own stationery and personal equipment.

Frequently asked questions

We compiled a list of questions that parents have asked us during the application process. Please contact us if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to answer them personally.

Registrations are open for Years 7 to 12.

EIFA Senior School is located in the heart of Marylebone and only a few minutes’ walk from the EIFA Junior School. The address is Duchess House, 10 Duchess Street, London, W1G 9AB.

At EIFA, every day is an Open Day. We offer a private tour with our Head of School and trial days at your convenience. Please consult our ‘Contact us‘ page to book your visit.

From Year 7 to Year 9 (6e à la 4e), the curriculum is based on the French National Curriculum with subjects being taught equally in English and French. In Year 10 (classe de 3e) French nationals may opt to take the Diplôme National du Brevet and all students may be taking courses in IGCSE subjects. Year 11 (classe de seconde) is the final year of IGCSE courses and incorporates courses in study skills and research. In Year 12, students follow the IB Diploma Programme.  Please click here for more information on the IB Diploma Programme. 

Yes, if they wish to. EIFA Senior School follows the French curriculum up until Y11. Y10 students can sit the Diplôme National du Brevet.

We offer Spanish and latin as additional languages for all Senior School children. Additional languages can be offered if there is enough demand for them.

Yes, students have access to computers both during and after school.

Please visit our school fees section above.

Once a child has joined our school, they are assured of a bilingual, international education at EIFA until they complete their secondary education at 18. Our Y6 pupils transfer seamlessly to the senior school where they will be prepared for iGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate®. While our pupils are excited by the prospect of moving to the senior school with its science lab and additional subject offerings, the transition is relatively stress-free because the children already know the building and recognise many of the older pupils.

The international nature of our school means that some of our students may not be able to stay with us for their entire schooling. Parents can rest assured that children leaving EIFA can transfer to and flourish in leading French, English and International schools worldwide. The school is happy to support and advise those parents and pupils.

Children can easily transfer to French schools in France and abroad at the end of Y6. However, if you are in London longer, your child can continue to benefit from a bilingual education following the French curriculum, and take the brevet examination at the end of 3eme (Y10).

EIFA is part of the MLF and AEFE networks and can offer support and advice for your applications to French schools around the world.

EIFA is not a prep school and therefore does not prepare children for the entry examinations to English schools at age 11. However, many of our children have been successful in such examinations and have gained places at leading London schools such as Westminster, City of London Boys, University College School (UCS), Emanuel, Channing and Mill Hill.

Quality at the heart of everything we do.

EIFA is an approved centre to offer iGCSEs with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), as well as Edexcel International GCSEs qualifications from Pearson, which are studied in over 55 countries worldwide and at over 350 independent schools in the UK.

EIFA is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme. We are also a MLF approved school and AEFE partner.