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.
EIFA International Bilingual Senior School FAQ
Which classes are currently open for registration?
Registrations are open for Years 7 to 13.
The school will expand to Year 12 in 2017 and Year 13 in 2018.
Where in London is the EIFA Senior School located?
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.
Do you have Open Days to view the School?
Yes, we organise Open Events. Go to the 'Visit EIFA' page to consult the dates of our next Open Events and register your interest.
What curriculum does EIFA Senior School offer?
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.
EIFA is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy, a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
*Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Year(MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
Upon successful authorisation students in Years 12 and Year 13 (Grades 11 and 12) will follow the bilingual IB Diploma programme.
Do Year 10 children sit the DNB exam?
Yes, EIFA Senior School follows the French curriculum up until Y11. Y10 children sit the Diplôme National du Brevet.
What additional languages do the children study?
We offer Spanish as an additional language for all Senior School children. Additional languages can be offered if there is enough demand for them.
Do children have access to computers?
Yes, students have access to computers both during and after school.
What about the School fees?
Fees for the academic year 2016-17 are as follows:
School Fees for Year 7 to Year 11, for 2016-17
|One-off registration fee||£150|
The registration fee and deposit must be received with the application form to secure the school place.
|Non-refundable Capital Development Fee||Once-only £1,000 Capital Development Fee (first year).
£300 each subsequent year.
Year 7 to Year 10
Generous school fees discounts are available, including sibling discount and advance-payment discount. Please contact the School Secretary, Ms Panhelleux, for further information: email@example.com.
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 lunch, transport, educational trips, after-school clubs, PE kit, lost or damaged books/iPads, laptops and private music tuition.
What are your leavers' destinations?
For families who want to transfer their children to the English system for their Secondary education, we prepare students for the 11+ common entrance exams. We are very proud of our academic success. Our pupils have secured offers from some of the best selective independent schools such as Mill Hill, Emanuel School, Channing School, St Margaret, Halcyon, Westminster School and City of London Boys.
For families who want to remain in the bilingual education system, children join EIFA Senior School with the view to being awarded the bilingual IB Diploma. For families who want their children to obtain a French baccalauréat, they may transfer to French secondary schools.