The French language immersion school centre in Normandy

Château de la Baudonnière is the premier Chateau destination for UK 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.

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The home of French language immersion

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Welcome to Château de la Baudonnière, a truly immersive French language learning centre in Normandy, accommodating students all over the UK. Our approach to French language immersion is uniquely successful thanks to our team of native French-speaking “Animateurs”.

The philosophy behind our week-long programme is using practical spoken French to convey meaning in real life situations. As one of our party leaders said; "The classroom situation is always artificial to some degree. Here my pupils know that when they want something, they have to ask for it in French, [and] they do it!"

Our friendly and supportive Animateurs create a learning environment where students are comfortable making mistakes and are encouraged to challenge themselves. At the end of the week, students will leave the Château with a newfound confidence and willingness to speak French after seeing dramatic improvements in their ability. The fun experiences students share in France inspire real educational outcomes back in the classroom.


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After Brexit - rules for school trips to France 2022

— 2 Dec 2021 09:08:00 by Kate Moore

Now that school groups are able to travel abroad again, we’ve sifted through the rules to explain how Brexit will impact your school trip to France and what actions are required. …read full post

Do children need to be vaccinated to visit the Chateau?

— 1 Dec 2021 10:23:00 by Kate Moore

What does the vaccine roll out mean for school trips to France?  With the recent announcement that children aged from 12 years will be offered a second jab, we explore the French travel rules for unvaccinated and partly vaccinated children. …read full post

What the new traffic light system means for groups returning home from France

— 29 Nov 2021 10:33:00 by Kate Moore

What does the traffic light system mean for groups returning from France?The rules for every traveller returning from  non-red list countries, including France, are as follows: 

Adults must take a PCR test on or before day 2 to return to England. Lateral flow test will not be acceptable. …read full post

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