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-speaking Animateurs
  • Natural beauty and comfort
  • Activities and adventure
  • Excursions and evening programme
  • Great food!
  • Safe and Secure

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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"It was wonderful to find out about the Chateau de la Baudonniere and I visited the centre during the Easter holidays with my colleague, Lynda Aguilar, to discover more. We realised immediately that our pupils would love the range of activities on offer and would all benefit from the experience of being in such a unique environment. We were, therefore, delighted when all 67 of our year 8 pupils decided to participate in the 5-day residential visit in October. After a long journey to Normandy, we finally arrived and the fun began! Despite fairly inclement weather, (typical of the region during October, unfortunately!) All the children thrived in the French-speaking environment and the Chateau staff were extremely skilled at enabling our pupils to feel comfortable and challenged in such an atmosphere. Our days were filled with an amazing range of activities – including archery, bread – making, orienteering and a very muddy (and hugely popular!) assault course...

Zoë Thomas – Head of French

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