A Bilingual Framework

The “réforme du collège“  which will be implemented at the beginning of the school year, September 2016, together with the evolution of the local educational landscape, has led CFBL to change its secondary pedagogical curriculum. This development will help meet the new standards set by the ministère de l’Education Nationale, and to offer our students the best possible preparation for their continuing their studies at Lycee level.

This evolution particularly concerns language classes and the opening of the Option Internationale du Brevet (DNBi).

Teaching LV2 (Spanish or German)

As defined in the “réforme du collège“, all students must be taught a LV2 from  the class of 5ème. However, seeing as the Lycée Churchill has implemented this decree from the class of 6ème, it was decided so as not to not penalise CFBL students, the study of LV2 (German or Spanish) will be available to all CFBL students as form 6ème  too.

Teaching languages ​​and cultures of antiquity:

As part of the “réforme du collège“, interdisciplinary Literature and Ancient Culture / History-Geography will be integrated into the timetables of all 5ème pupils.

Evolution of the international section

Despite (for administrative reasons) CFBL students only being able to sit the Option Internationale du Brevet tests starting June 2019, the DNBi option will be offered to all CFBL students starting next September under certain conditions.

Ultimately, our goal is to be able to offer more students the opportunity to take the International option Brevet in 3ème. To this end, all students will have as from September 2016, 5 hours of English Language classes. In addition to non language disciplines (Music, Art, Computer Science being taught in English), students who follow the DNBi option will benefit from 2 hours per week history-geography classes taught in English. This option will be available to all students from 6ème to 3ème under the following conditions:

For newly arrived pupils
1) Their past academic record
2) English test results
3) Results of a bilingual history-geography test
(Pupils who have already started an "option DNBI" course in another institution will be allowed to continue this at CFBL without passing a test.)

For CFBL students:
1) Advanced level B1 required in English
2) Consent of the 3rd term ‘conseil de classe’and/or end of year DNBi committee.

A pupil who has not integrated the DNBi Option, may re-apply at the end of each school year. Any pupil who commences the DNBi Option, commits to follow it for the entire school year. However, teaching staff retain the right to advise a student to leave this DNBi option early.

DNBi Exams

Warning: CFBL pupils will not be able to take the DNBi tests until the 2019 session. The 2017 and 2018 sessions will be organised internally and will result in certification.

In addition to the DNB tests, students taking the option DNBi will take two English oral tests: one on a subject in History-Geography and the other on a subject of English literature and culture.

Mandarin options and Ancient Languages

Introduction to Mandarin: This option is available to all 4ème pupils and to 3ème students took this option in 4ème.
Ancient Languages: This option is available to all 4ème pupils and to 3ème students took this option in 4ème.


The curriculum is defined by the French ministère de l'Éducation nationale.
A detailed curriculum can be viewed on the Éduscol website.

Hours per Subject, weekly (for the current school year)

Compulsory Subjects 6ème 5ème 4ème 3ème
French (native language) 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Mathematics 4.5 3.5 3.5 4.5
History & Geography, Civic Education 3 3 3 3.5
Additional Teaching of History * 2 2 2 2
Life & Earth Sciences 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Physics & Chemistry .5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Technology 1 1 1 1
English (as a foreign language) * 5 5 5 5
Spanish  / German 3 2.5 2.5 2.5
Ancient Languages & Cultures (Epi) - 1 - -
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)* 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Musical Education * 1 1 1 1
Art * 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Physical Education (PE) ** 4 3 3 3
Optional Subjects        
Ancient Languages & Cultures – Latin or Ancient Greek - - 2 2
Mandarin (introduction) - - 2 2

* English lessons or lessons taught in English
* Lessons taught either in English and/or French

Home-room time and Assemblies are also part of the curriculum (see left hand side). Additional support, in smaller groups, may also be offered to pupils in French or in Maths.

An Education & Careers guidance programme is also offered from 5ème.

Digital Technologies

Central to the services provided (virtual learning environment (VLE), access to administrative documents, messaging to teachers, access to ICT-based sources more generally speaking), digital technologies also have a strong impact on the education of pupils:

  • Pupils are taught how to use the basic tools of Information and Communication Technology,
  • Pupils prepare for the ICT secondary assessment test (Brevet informatique et internet or B2i).
  • Both teachers and pupils benefit from the use of platforms for learning (in language classes, for learning strategies and class projects),
  • Pupils and teachers can access the online library information system,
  • Interactive whiteboards are available in each classroom.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Language classes are streamed, based on a language test taken on entering the School, and according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages: in English, Spanish and in German from 6ème.

Physical Education (PE)

PE lessons consist of both individual activities and team sports. In addition to these, there are also opportunities for artistic and aesthetic performance through Gymnastics, Dance and Yoga.

A sports kit is required: PE kit or swimming kit, depending on the lesson.


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