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Collaboration and internationalism are more vital than ever today. Whilst others talk about this, we do it. EIFA is bilingual, international quality in action.

About EIFA

EIFA’s philosophy

EIFA is an independent, international, secular school providing an English-French bilingual education. EIFA takes a child-centred approach to learning and encourages the linguistic diversity of its students – developing responsible global citizens, and promoting multicultural understanding through study in at least two languages.

EIFA is the only school in the UK to teach all core subjects in English and French – from day nursery to year 11.

Most parents would agree it is vital that our children grow up with an openness to, and a deep acceptance of different cultures. This must start with language. It is language that frames our lives and by being bilingual we gain an insight into other cultures. Language skills are also a powerful springboard when it comes to gaining admission into the most challenging universities and workplaces.

  • At EIFA we foster open-minded and flexible citizens of the world who will find themselves at home in more than one culture, communicate in more than one language, understand the views of others and how these are shaped and mix with people of a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
  • We offer a broad, balanced curriculum delivered in at least two languages, designing school experiences that develop and showcase each child’s talents, meet challenges, pursue and expand interests, allay fears, and realise hopes and dreams.
  • We encourage students to reflect on and accept responsibility for their own learning by presenting opportunities for inter-disciplinary research projects where they explore subjects of interest, employing critical thinking skills to select, analyse and evaluate different sources of information in order to offer solutions to the issues raised in class discussions.
  • We equip each student with the requisite tools to achieve their potential by pursuing an internationally accredited education.
  • We provide an internationally recognised programme which will encourage learners to acquire social skills as well as academic skills, and foster a desire to promote peace and understanding in our world.

History

EIFA owes its wonderful school buildings to the vision and commitment of the Howard de Walden Estate, which, at the height of the recession made property available to us. Our Junior School is at 36, Portland Place, while our Senior School is located at Duchess House, 10, Duchess Street. Both are beautiful period properties that are ideally adapted to teaching and learning inside. In both schools, the feeling of being part of a family and of belonging is paramount.

History of Portland Place

Portland Place in London was designed and built between 1774 and 1776 by the renowned Scottish architects, Robert and James Adam, as a wide thoroughfare with an uninterrupted view north towards Marylebone Park.

In the early 19th century, Portland Place was incorporated into the royal route from Carlton House to Regent’s Park, developed for the Prince Regent by John Nash.

The street is unusually wide for Central London (33 metres /110 feet). It still contains many of the spacious Georgian terraced houses built by the Adams.

Leadership, administration and support staff

We are happy to introduce to you our school Leadership, Administration and Support Staff Team:

Founders

Sabine Dehon is a teacher, Isabelle Faulkner a lawyer. They met in 2007 in London, when Isabelle was looking for a bilingual independent school and they started to talk about a vision for a rather different kind of offering.

The vision was of a bilingual school, but one that would creatively combine the rigorous academic approach of the French curriculum with the breadth and excitement of the English one. Thus was EIFA born.

Truly bilingual in every aspect, from the start right up to Years 11, EIFA is unique in its scope, its ambition and its relevance to today’s global child.

“These hands”.. the story of EIFA

Each year we involve all our students in a video extravaganza.!

We produced our own ‘flashmob’, in 2017 we did the ‘Mannequin Challenge’ and this year we went even further.. producing our own music video.. with a song written and produced by EIFA school. Meant to depict the history of EIFA and with a catchy tune, every single student knew the lyrics backwards and had great fun helping to make the video.. enjoy.! (Please ensure you have sound turned on)

Bilingualism

Benefits of a bilingual programme

Nowadays, collaboration and internationalism are more vital than ever. Whilst others talk about this, we do it. EIFA is bilingual, international quality in action.

Research shows that only a programme taught fully in two languages leads to totally bilingual children. When children are educated in this way in two languages, their cognitive development is significantly enhanced. The bilingually trained mind is better able to multi-task and to switch between topics without losing focus. And the younger it starts, the better.

Cognitive advantages

  • Greater adaptability, mental flexibility
  • Conceptual mobility
  • Higher abstract reasoning, independent of language
  • Advantages in the construction of concepts
  • Verbal intelligence
  • Greater creativity
  • Higher communication sensitivity
  • Greater capacity to problem solve
  • Higher performance in spatial perception
  • Positive consequences in the mathematical world
  • A richer and more attractive curriculum
  • The learning of additional languages is greatly facilitated

Communication advantages

  • Greater facility of communication (family, community, international relations, employment, etc.)
  • Reading and writing skills in English and French

Cultural advantages

  • Multiculturalism, the experience of two linguistic worlds
  • More tolerance and less racism

Personal advantages

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Affirmation of one’s identity

Governance

EIFA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of international and UK members who have experience in, amongst other things, education, finance and law.

The duties of the Board of Directors include: current and future strategy formulation, business planning, approval of tuition fees as well as policies and programmes. The Board supports the development and operations of the School. All Board members are requested to vote on major financial decisions such as the approval of the annual budget and capital expenditures.

In accordance with our education philosophy, Sabine Dehon has formulated EIFA’s bilingual ethos. She is responsible for taking decisions relating to the school curriculum, teaching staff and the professional development of the teaching staff. Sabine has extensive experience in all aspects of education, which has led her to develop an international environment applying a holistic and bilingual approach in order to ensure the educational success of every pupil.

Isabelle Faulkner is the Executive Head and the Head of Administration and is responsible for the school’s management, administration, legal matters, Human Resources as well as liaising with parents generally.

The Board
Our Board comprises the following members:

Should currently enrolled families wish to communicate with the Chairman of the Board of Directors please e-mail EIFA directly.

Bassam Shlewet
Director & Acting Non-Executive Chairman

The Shlewet Family is the Majority Shareholder in the School Group. Bassam has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry and was the Group Chairman of Moneycorp, a large foreign exchange company he helped establish in the late 70’s. Moneycorp was sold to the RBS Special Opportunities Fund in October 2011 and Bassam went on to establish several new ventures in the financial, educational and leisure industries.

David Edmunds
Director

David Edmunds is a Senior Partner at GEC Architecture in Calgary, Canada. David has over 35 years of experience in building design and construction. A graduate of the University of Calgary with a Masters degree in Environmental Design, David is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Member of the American Institute of Architects and Council of Educational Facility Planners Institute, a LEED certified architect and is a registered architect in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Thomas Kadri
Director

Thomas Kadri is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Master of Science degree in architecture. He set up a private architecture practice in London in the early 80s, which soon after became a consultancy for technological implementations. He has spent the last 24 years between the USA, the Middle East and the UK, working on projects ranging from solar energy deployments to digital imaging, e-commerce and web application development, including 12 years as IT and Support Services Director at Moneycorp, one of the largest foreign exchange operations in the UK. Thomas is now Managing Partner of an Interior Architecture practice in Monaco, specialising in high-end, luxury private projects.

Valérie Carrier

Eifa parents

EIFA Parents is the official Association of Parents of EIFA school. We depend on parent volunteers and financial contributions for intra and extracurricular activities that promote creativity and foster a love of learning outside of activities provided by the school. We deliver a number of events and experiences for the children and raise money for charity; helping our children to learn to give back to the community.

An active well-functioning Parents Association is a sign of a healthy school with engaged parents. The 2018 Good Schools Guide specifically noted the contribution of EIFA Parents to EIFA school life.

Left: Valérie Carrier, President of EIFA Parents association

The aims of EIFA Parents

To raise funds for projects and equipment to benefit the School community as a whole. To organise social events to enable School parents to meet and get to know each other, such as coffee mornings, summer parties and sports day picnics.

To represent the views of parents to the Head of School and School Board of Directors. Parents of children in the School are entitled to attend meetings and are encouraged to participate in the organisation of events throughout the school year.

Class representatives

At the beginning of each school year, the Head of School and EIFA Parents invite all parents to attend an informal meeting where parents will be asked if one of them would like to be a class representative for their child’s class. At EIFA we regard cooperation with parents as of the utmost importance. Class representatives have a leading role in our school community.

The class representatives’ role:

  • to organise social events for the class parents (eg. morning coffee, parents dinner…);
  • to compile a class contact list in cooperation with Gaël Panhelleux; if a parent does not wish a contact to be publicised, emails may be sent via Gaël. Please note that it is school policy that all parents’ email addresses are put in Bcc in a group email;
  • to be able to support teachers and the school in its projects by providing materials, expertise etc;
  • to organise school events such as International day, Halloween etc.
  • to provide other assistance as requested.

Please note: it is not your role to become involved in discussions regarding individual children or class issues. For issues regarding individual children, the parents should contact the teacher directly. For curriculum matters, parents should contact the Head of School, Mme Zurbach. For school policy issues, parents should contact either their representative on the Conseil d’Ecole or Mme Zurbach.

EIFA Parents Liaison Meetings

EIFA Parents meet once each term with the Head of School to discuss items of general parental concern. Prior to each meeting, an invitation will be issued to parents to submit any questions or issues which they may have. EIFA Parents and the Head of School may also discuss fundraising events and items that the School may particularly need in the upcoming year.

Forthcoming Events

For the latest news on EIFA Parents events, view the School Calendar. The emphasis is on fun, friendliness and maximum participation – everyone is welcome! Please also look out for information posted on the noticeboard at the main entrance of the School.

Ofsted report

We received an “Outstanding” in Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of our students and also of our staff. Our school has expanded rapidly with the opening of a Senior School and of our day nursery, Little EIFA, since our last inspection in 2013. The OFSTED inspectors congratulated us for the remarkable work accomplished in the last 5 years, and they have highlighted how we can close the gap to gain an “Outstanding” grading in all categories.

We would like to thank all of our staff and our parents who kindly took part in the OFSTED surveys.

Ofsted Report 2018
Ofsted Report 2013

Accreditation

Operator

  • Mission Laïque Française

Homologation: Accredited by the French Ministry of Education

  • The homologation of EIFA has been approved by the French Education Minister and has been in effect since June 2014. The school’s full accreditation is published in the French Ministry circular.

IGCSE

  • EIFA is approved by Cambridge International Examinations to offer IGCSE, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Inspections

OFSTED

  • EIFA is inspected by the UK Office for Standards in Education – OFSTED. Read the full report here.

IEN

  • EIFA also goes through a strict inspection by the IEN (Inspecteur de l’Education Nationale) based in London and attached to the French Embassy.
Mission Laique FrancaiseCambridge InternationalEdexcel - PearsonECIS

Policies

EIFA has many policies available on various subjects. We are committed to ensuring the best possible care for both the children and the adults at EIFA. Please consult the links below to review key School Policies.

EIFA Admissions Policy
Anti-bullying
Health & Safety
First Aid
EAL

Parent Grievance procedure
Parents Grievance procedure
Safeguarding
EIFA School Rules

We also have a large number of additional School policies that are available in digital or hard copy on request. If you would like to view any of these policies please contact, if@eifaschool.com:

Absence
Academic Honesty
Acceptable use of IT and Social Media
Accessibility Plan
Alcohol
Behaviour
British Values
Careers
Code of Conduct at the Park
Educational Visits
Emergency Fire Plans
General Fire Safety
Gifted and Talented
Junior and Senior Schools PSHE & C
Language Assessment
Pastoral Care
Prevent
Risk Assessment
Safer Recruitment
Smoking
Special Education Needs
Walking

Should you have any questions or concerns about practices at EIFA please contact Françoise Zurbach at: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EIFA Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DLS)
Françoise Zurbach: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EYFS and Jnr School-Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Bonita Regan: br@eifaschool.com

EYFS – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Rebecca Naylor: littleeifa@eifaschool.com

Prevent officer
Françoise Zurbach: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

Learning support

Bilingual learning support

For students arriving at EIFA without proficiency in either English or French, we provide a special programme called EAL “English as an Additional Language” and FLE “Français Langue Etrangère”. These courses allow children to make rapid and sustained progress irrespective of their initial knowledge base in the second language.

Students will be working on attaining the necessary language skills, with a specialist teacher, either individually or in small groups during French or English literature classes. We aim to promote all aspects of language simultaneously: oral expression and comprehension, as well as reading and writing skills.

The student remains in the EAL or FLE class until the classroom teacher and the teacher of EAL or FLE agree that the student has attained a sufficient level of English or French to be able to participate fully in the academic programme.

This support programme is only for students who do not have English or French as a first language. Our dual-immersion concept and learning-support programmes are designed for the needs of international students, regardless of the language spoken at home.

SENCO: Special Educational Needs Coordinator

EIFA offers learning support and works at times with specialist consultants who take care of specific educational needs such as mild dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

Our staff set up a special support programme specific to the student’s individual needs. Please note that, owing to the constraints of our Grade II listed buildings, we are unable to cater for severe SEN students.

Relocation support

Support for children

EIFA places a strong emphasis on small class sizes so that children can get the individual and tailored support they need. The feedback we receive from our families is that their children have integrated very rapidly on their return to other international schools.

Today, we are particularly happy to host a growing number of international non-Francophone and non-Anglophone families. For those non-Francophone and non-Anglophone children, we have developed a pedagogy that enables such children to immerse themselves in both languages and cultures – English and French – and to become bilingual, thanks to individual support. For more information, visit our page Learning support.

Social support for families

We are lucky to have a very dynamic parents association.

All new families are welcomed to the School by EIFA parents.

A series of events throughout the year, from end-of-term concerts, to a gala dinner, to Sports Day, and to coffee mornings allows new parents to meet with the existing parent body and share tips and information, as well as forge new friendships.

Uniforms

EIFA has a ‘No uniform policy’
Students will be required to wear the following PE Kit at school: A white polo shirt with shorts in the summer, and sweatshirt with sweatpants for winter. PE Kit is available to order from the link below.

You will be able to purchase the PE kit through the School Trends website directly HERE . Your PE kit will be posted to you directly.

All lunches served at EIFA are hot meals and are provided by a private London caterer offering natural wholesome food. Our caterer uses excellent ingredients. Pork is excluded from all preparations.

Autumn Term Menu 2018

We’re delighted to announce that the meals your children are eating have met the high standards demanded of the Bronze Food for Life catering Mark. Our caterer has just been awarded the Soil Association’s Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh meals that meet nutritional guidelines.

More and more, people want to know where their food comes from and how it has been made. Catering Mark-award holders have proved that they maintain high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance. The award recognises restaurants and caterers who serve meals which are made up of seasonal, traceable, healthier, sustainable and fresh ingredients, free from trans fats, free from controversial additives, and which are better for animal welfare.

Meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
Fresh food is always on the menu
Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards
Eggs are from cage-free hens
Menus are seasonal
Training is provided for all catering staff
No GM ingredients are used
Free drinking water is available
No endangered fish are served
Information about where the food has come from is on display
Suppliers meet food safety standards
School caterers meet government guidelines for food and nutrition

We’ve always been committed to provide high-quality, fresh and nutritious meals for your children, and we’ve taken great consideration in appointing our caterer. This award is a recognition to our commitment.

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.

Our teachers are qualified, native-English and native-French speakers with experience teaching in their home countries as well as in schools around the world. We also make a point of recruiting teachers with the right mindset and our teachers are truly dedicated to offering a tailored and supportive environment to allow each child to develop rapidly, confidently and equally in two languages and two cultures.

EIFA is an international school and children in our primary school currently represent more than 30 nationalities. Most children have dual nationality and we have a fair proportion of Francophone families.

EIFA is a boutique school and we place a strong emphasis on small class sizes, so that children can get the individual and tailored support they need. The feedback we receive from families in the EIFA Junior School is that their children have integrated very rapidly compared with other international schools abroad. We also have EAL teachers.

We also have a vibrant and dynamic parents association called EIFA Parents who welcome new families when they arrive in our School. The aims of EIFA Parents are to raise funds for projects and equipment to benefit the School community as a whole, and to organise social events to enable our School parents to meet and get to know each other, such as coffee mornings, summer parties and sports day picnics.

We will have approximately 20 students in any one class.

We are a small, family school and each child receives individual attention. Moreover, we give extra attention to children with ‘DYS’ learning difficulties such as dyspraxia, dyslexia and dysgraphia. Our teachers work in close collaboration with our medical staff to assess children’s learning difficulties and adjust exercises, tasks and homework accordingly. For example, children with dyslexia might be given fewer spelling words to learn and an extra 20% time to sit tests.

We make use of the extensive facilities in Regent’s Park, which is a short walk from our Schools, as well as visiting local leisure centres for activities such as swimming.

Students will be taken to the local park for their daily recess.

EIFA Schools have a non-uniform policy. However, children are required to wear the EIFA PE kit.

We will offer hot meals every day. The School menu is posted on our website at the beginning of each term. School lunch is compulsory unless your child suffers from a food allergy, evidenced with a doctor’s note.

Yes. There is a bus company that provides a bus service. Please contact them directly to arrange transport. This company is independent of the School. Parents are free to use other companies.

La Clef des Champs, Tel: 020 8376 5006, Mob: 07703 677669 Email: info@lcdctransport.co.uk

Yes. We run a rich and varied programme of afterschool clubs. The full list is published on our website at the beginning of each term.

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.

Cambridge International
Edexcel - Pearson
ECIS
Mission Laique Francaise

EIFA Nursery

36 Portland Place
London, W1B 1LS.
+44 (0) 20 7637 5351
admissions@eifaschool.com

EIFA Junior School

36 Portland Place
London, W1B 1LS.
+44 (0) 20 7637 5351
admissions@eifaschool.com
 

EIFA Senior School

Duchess House, 10 Duchess Street
London, W1G 9AB.
+44 (0) 20 7637 5351

admissions@eifaschool.com
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Collaboration and internationalism are more vital than ever today. Whilst others talk about this, we do it. EIFA is bilingual, international quality in action.

About EIFA

EIFA's philosophy

EIFA is an independent, international, secular school providing an English-French bilingual education. EIFA takes a child-centred approach to learning and encourages the linguistic diversity of its students – developing responsible global citizens, and promoting multicultural understanding through study in at least two languages.

EIFA is the only school in the UK to teach all core subjects in English and French – from day nursery to year 11.

Most parents would agree it is vital that our children grow up with an openness to, and a deep acceptance of different cultures. This must start with language. It is language that frames our lives and by being bilingual we gain an insight into other cultures. Language skills are also a powerful springboard when it comes to gaining admission into the most challenging universities and workplaces.

  • At EIFA we foster open-minded and flexible citizens of the world who will find themselves at home in more than one culture, communicate in more than one language, understand the views of others and how these are shaped and mix with people of a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
  • We offer a broad, balanced curriculum delivered in at least two languages, designing school experiences that develop and showcase each child’s talents, meet challenges, pursue and expand interests, allay fears, and realise hopes and dreams.
  • We encourage students to reflect on and accept responsibility for their own learning by presenting opportunities for inter-disciplinary research projects where they explore subjects of interest, employing critical thinking skills to select, analyse and evaluate different sources of information in order to offer solutions to the issues raised in class discussions.
  • We equip each student with the requisite tools to achieve their potential by pursuing an internationally accredited education.
  • We provide an internationally recognised programme which will encourage learners to acquire social skills as well as academic skills, and foster a desire to promote peace and understanding in our world.

History

EIFA owes its wonderful school buildings to the vision and commitment of the Howard de Walden Estate, which, at the height of the recession made property available to us. Our Junior School is at 36, Portland Place, while our Senior School is located at Duchess House, 10, Duchess Street. Both are beautiful period properties that are ideally adapted to teaching and learning inside. In both schools, the feeling of being part of a family and of belonging is paramount.

History of Portland Place

Portland Place in London was designed and built between 1774 and 1776 by the renowned Scottish architects, Robert and James Adam, as a wide thoroughfare with an uninterrupted view north towards Marylebone Park.

In the early 19th century, Portland Place was incorporated into the royal route from Carlton House to Regent’s Park, developed for the Prince Regent by John Nash.

The street is unusually wide for Central London (33 metres /110 feet). It still contains many of the spacious Georgian terraced houses built by the Adams.

Bilingualism

Benefits of a bilingual programme

Nowadays, collaboration and internationalism are more vital than ever. Whilst others talk about this, we do it. EIFA is bilingual, international quality in action.

Research shows that only a programme taught fully in two languages leads to totally bilingual children. When children are educated in this way in two languages, their cognitive development is significantly enhanced. The bilingually trained mind is better able to multi-task and to switch between topics without losing focus. And the younger it starts, the better.

Cognitive advantages

  • Greater adaptability, mental flexibility
  • Conceptual mobility
  • Higher abstract reasoning, independent of language
  • Advantages in the construction of concepts
  • Verbal intelligence
  • Greater creativity
  • Higher communication sensitivity
  • Greater capacity to problem solve
  • Higher performance in spatial perception
  • Positive consequences in the mathematical world
  • A richer and more attractive curriculum
  • The learning of additional languages is greatly facilitated

Communication advantages

  • Greater facility of communication (family, community, international relations, employment, etc.)
  • Reading and writing skills in English and French

Cultural advantages

  • Multiculturalism, the experience of two linguistic worlds
  • More tolerance and less racism

Personal advantages

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Affirmation of one's identity

Leadership, administration and support staff

We are happy to introduce to you our school Leadership, Administration and Support Staff Team:

Founders

Sabine Dehon is a teacher, Isabelle Faulkner a lawyer. They met in 2007 in London, when Isabelle was looking for a bilingual independent school and they started to talk about a vision for a rather different kind of offering.

The vision was of a bilingual school, but one that would creatively combine the rigorous academic approach of the French curriculum with the breadth and excitement of the English one. Thus was EIFA born.

Truly bilingual in every aspect, from the start right up to Years 11, EIFA is unique in its scope, its ambition and its relevance to today’s global child.

Governance

EIFA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of international and UK members who have experience in, amongst other things, education, finance and law.

The duties of the Board of Directors include: current and future strategy formulation, business planning, approval of tuition fees as well as policies and programmes. The Board supports the development and operations of the School. All Board members are requested to vote on major financial decisions such as the approval of the annual budget and capital expenditures.

In accordance with our education philosophy, Sabine Dehon has formulated EIFA’s bilingual ethos. She is responsible for taking decisions relating to the school curriculum, teaching staff and the professional development of the teaching staff. Sabine has extensive experience in all aspects of education, which has led her to develop an international environment applying a holistic and bilingual approach in order to ensure the educational success of every pupil.

Isabelle Faulkner is the Executive Head and the Head of Administration and is responsible for the school’s management, administration, legal matters, Human Resources as well as liaising with parents generally.

The Board Our Board comprises the following members:

Should currently enrolled families wish to communicate with the Chairman of the Board of Directors please e-mail EIFA directly.

Bassam Shlewet Director & Acting Non-Executive Chairman

The Shlewet Family is the Majority Shareholder in the School Group. Bassam has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry and was the Group Chairman of Moneycorp, a large foreign exchange company he helped establish in the late 70’s. Moneycorp was sold to the RBS Special Opportunities Fund in October 2011 and Bassam went on to establish several new ventures in the financial, educational and leisure industries.

David Edmunds Director

David Edmunds is a Senior Partner at GEC Architecture in Calgary, Canada. David has over 35 years of experience in building design and construction. A graduate of the University of Calgary with a Masters degree in Environmental Design, David is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Member of the American Institute of Architects and Council of Educational Facility Planners Institute, a LEED certified architect and is a registered architect in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Thomas Kadri Director

Thomas Kadri is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Master of Science degree in architecture. He set up a private architecture practice in London in the early 80s, which soon after became a consultancy for technological implementations. He has spent the last 24 years between the USA, the Middle East and the UK, working on projects ranging from solar energy deployments to digital imaging, e-commerce and web application development, including 12 years as IT and Support Services Director at Moneycorp, one of the largest foreign exchange operations in the UK. Thomas is now Managing Partner of an Interior Architecture practice in Monaco, specialising in high-end, luxury private projects.

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Ofsted report

We received a general “Good” with an “Outstanding” in Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of our students and also of our staff. Our school has expanded rapidly with the opening of a Senior School and of our day nursery, Little EIFA, since our last inspection in 2013. The OFSTED inspectors congratulated us for the remarkable work accomplished in the last 5 years, and they have highlighted how we can close the gap to gain an “Outstanding” grading in all categories.

We would like to thank all of our staff and our parents who kindly took part in the OFSTED surveys.

Ofsted Report 2018
Ofsted Report 2013

Accreditation

Operator

  • Mission Laïque Française

Homologation: Accredited by the French Ministry of Education

  • The homologation of EIFA has been approved by the French Education Minister and has been in effect since June 2014. The school’s full accreditation is published in the French Ministry circular.

IGCSE

  • EIFA is approved by Cambridge International Examinations to offer IGCSE, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Inspections

OFSTED

  • EIFA is inspected by the UK Office for Standards in Education – OFSTED. Read the full report here.

IEN

  • EIFA also goes through a strict inspection by the IEN (Inspecteur de l’Education Nationale) based in London and attached to the French Embassy.

Policies

EIFA has many policies available on various subjects. We are committed to ensuring the best possible care for both the children and the adults at EIFA. Please consult the links below to review key School Policies.

We also have a large number of additional School policies that are available in digital or hard copy on request. If you would like to view any of these policies please contact, if@eifaschool.com:
  • Absence
  • Academic Honesty
  • Acceptable use of IT and Social Media
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Alcohol
  • Behaviour
  • British Values
  • Careers
  • Code of Conduct at the Park
  • Educational Visits
  • Emergency Fire Plans
  • General Fire Safety
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Junior and Senior Schools PSHE & C
  • Language Assessment
  • Pastoral Care
  • Prevent
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Smoking
  • Special Education Needs
  • Walking

Should you have any questions or concerns about practices at EIFA please contact Françoise Zurbach at: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EIFA Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DLS) Françoise Zurbach: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

EYFS and Jnr School-Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Bonita Regan: br@eifaschool.com

EYFS – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Rebecca Naylor: littleeifa@eifaschool.com

Prevent officer Françoise Zurbach: fzurbach@eifaschool.com.

Learning support

Bilingual learning support

For students arriving at EIFA without proficiency in either English or French, we provide a special programme called EAL “English as an Additional Language” and FLE “Français Langue Etrangère”. These courses allow children to make rapid and sustained progress irrespective of their initial knowledge base in the second language.

Students will be working on attaining the necessary language skills, with a specialist teacher, either individually or in small groups during French or English literature classes. We aim to promote all aspects of language simultaneously: oral expression and comprehension, as well as reading and writing skills.

The student remains in the EAL or FLE class until the classroom teacher and the teacher of EAL or FLE agree that the student has attained a sufficient level of English or French to be able to participate fully in the academic programme.

This support programme is only for students who do not have English or French as a first language. Our dual-immersion concept and learning-support programmes are designed for the needs of international students, regardless of the language spoken at home.

SENCO: Special Educational Needs Coordinator

EIFA offers learning support and works at times with specialist consultants who take care of specific educational needs such as mild dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

Our staff set up a special support programme specific to the student’s individual needs. Please note that, owing to the constraints of our Grade II listed buildings, we are unable to cater for severe SEN students.

Relocation support

Support for children

EIFA places a strong emphasis on small class sizes so that children can get the individual and tailored support they need. The feedback we receive from our families is that their children have integrated very rapidly on their return to other international schools.

Today, we are particularly happy to host a growing number of international non-Francophone and non-Anglophone families. For those non-Francophone and non-Anglophone children, we have developed a pedagogy that enables such children to immerse themselves in both languages and cultures – English and French – and to become bilingual, thanks to individual support. For more information, visit our page Learning support.

Social support for families

We are lucky to have a very dynamic parents association.

All new families are welcomed to the School by EIFA parents.

A series of events throughout the year, from end-of-term concerts, to a gala dinner, to Sports Day, and to coffee mornings allows new parents to meet with the existing parent body and share tips and information, as well as forge new friendships.

Uniforms

EIFA has a 'No uniform policy' Students will be required to wear the following PE Kit at school: A white polo shirt with shorts in the summer, and sweatshirt with sweatpants for winter. PE Kit is available to order from the link below.

You will be able to purchase the PE kit through the School Trends website directly HERE . Your PE kit will be posted to you directly.

All lunches served at EIFA are hot meals and are provided by a private London caterer offering natural wholesome food. Our caterer uses excellent ingredients. Pork is excluded from all preparations.

Autumn Term Menu 2018

We're delighted to announce that the meals your children are eating have met the high standards demanded of the Bronze Food for Life catering Mark. Our caterer has just been awarded the Soil Association's Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh meals that meet nutritional guidelines.

More and more, people want to know where their food comes from and how it has been made. Catering Mark-award holders have proved that they maintain high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance. The award recognises restaurants and caterers who serve meals which are made up of seasonal, traceable, healthier, sustainable and fresh ingredients, free from trans fats, free from controversial additives, and which are better for animal welfare.

Meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats Fresh food is always on the menu Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards Eggs are from cage-free hens Menus are seasonal Training is provided for all catering staff No GM ingredients are used Free drinking water is available No endangered fish are served Information about where the food has come from is on display Suppliers meet food safety standards School caterers meet government guidelines for food and nutrition

We've always been committed to provide high-quality, fresh and nutritious meals for your children, and we've taken great consideration in appointing our caterer. This award is a recognition to our commitment.

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.

Our teachers are qualified, native-English and native-French speakers with experience teaching in their home countries as well as in schools around the world. We also make a point of recruiting teachers with the right mindset and our teachers are truly dedicated to offering a tailored and supportive environment to allow each child to develop rapidly, confidently and equally in two languages and two cultures.
EIFA is an international school and children in our primary school currently represent more than 30 nationalities. Most children have dual nationality and we have a fair proportion of Francophone families.
EIFA is a boutique school and we place a strong emphasis on small class sizes, so that children can get the individual and tailored support they need. The feedback we receive from families in the EIFA Junior School is that their children have integrated very rapidly compared with other international schools abroad. We also have EAL teachers. We also have a vibrant and dynamic parents association called EIFA Parents who welcome new families when they arrive in our School. The aims of EIFA Parents are to raise funds for projects and equipment to benefit the School community as a whole, and to organise social events to enable our School parents to meet and get to know each other, such as coffee mornings, summer parties and sports day picnics.
We will have approximately 20 students in any one class.
We are a small, family school and each child receives individual attention. Moreover, we give extra attention to children with 'DYS' learning difficulties such as dyspraxia, dyslexia and dysgraphia. Our teachers work in close collaboration with our medical staff to assess children's learning difficulties and adjust exercises, tasks and homework accordingly. For example, children with dyslexia might be given fewer spelling words to learn and an extra 20% time to sit tests.
We make use of the extensive facilities in Regent's Park, which is a short walk from our Schools, as well as visiting local leisure centres for activities such as swimming.
Students will be taken to the local park for their daily recess.
EIFA Schools have a non-uniform policy. However, children are required to wear the EIFA PE kit.
We will offer hot meals every day. The School menu is posted on our website at the beginning of each term. School lunch is compulsory unless your child suffers from a food allergy, evidenced with a doctor's note.
Yes. There is a bus company that provides a bus service. Please contact them directly to arrange transport. This company is independent of the School. Parents are free to use other companies. La Clef des Champs, Tel: 020 8376 5006, Mob: 07703 677669 Email: info@lcdctransport.co.uk
Yes. We run a rich and varied programme of afterschool clubs. The full list is published on our website at the beginning of each term.

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 Junior School 36 Portland Place London, W1B 1LS.

EIFA Senior School Duchess House, 10 Duchess Street London, W1G 9AB.

+44 (0) 20 7637 5351

admissions@eifaschool.com