Château de la Baudonnière - The French language immersion school centre in Normandy

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    Fun and learning!

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    Fantastic excursions within easy reach

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    Beautiful chateau dating back to 1894

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    Breadmaking - always a popular activity!

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    French immersion is serious fun!

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    Kayaking in our beautiful lake

Acclaimed one week programme that includes:

  • French language immersion
  • Qualified french native staff
  • Natural beauty and comfort
  • Activities and adventure
  • Excursions and evening programme
  • Great food!
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The premier Chateau destination for U.K. schools in France, as chosen by leading MFL teachers; for teachers who are serious about their pupils learning to speak and understand French in a truly French environment.

French SchoolsThe Château is all about French language immersion. Everything that is done at the Chateau involves using practical spoken French to convey meaning, and the children are encouraged to speak French to get what they want. A friendly, French environment supports this philosophy.

As one of our party leaders said; "The classroom situation is always artificial to some degree. Here my pupils know its for real. If they know that when they want something, they have to ask for it in French, they will do it!" .

At the end of our one week programme of French language immersion, pupils leave having had a great time in a fun but educational environment. You will see a dramatic improvement in their ability, confidence and willingness to speak French, as they come to see for themselves the practical benefits and applications of learning a new language. We believe this experience translates into pupils who are both more able and more motivated back in the classroom. 

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Testimonials

"For eight years now I have run various trips to the Château de la Baudonnière. Initially I would take up to 90 Year 7 students for a week in July and I remember fondly my first visit, and how impressed I was with all aspects of the Château and its fantastic staff team. Every Easter I have continued to take Sixth Form students to the Château, and it remains an incredibly popular and integral part of the course. Students have undertaken visits to local lycées, les mairies, regional hospitals, the law courts, the university of Caen, radio stations and homeless centres. Whilst at these places they have had the opportunity to conduct questionnaires or ask specific questions applicable to their presentation work. I have always set aside the last day of the trip for a full blown mock oral examination. With the help of the Château staff it is possible to devote anything up to an hour with individual candidates. Students would prepare for the exam just as they w...

Conn Anson-O’Connell, Head of MFL, King Henry VIII

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