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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Château reopening featured on French TV news!

— 22 Jul 2021 12:05:12 by Kate Moore

This May we welcomed our first school group back to Château de la Baudonnière. …read full post

The Château has been transformed into an English Manor for French School Children

— 5 Jul 2021 09:57:42 by Kate Moore

While we've been unable to host British school trips to the Château we have transformed the centre into an 'English Manor' where French school children can enjoy an immersive English language and British cultural experience without crossing La Manche! 

Introducing our English language programme at Château de la Baudonnière We were aware that... …read full post

COVID-19 Peace Of Mind Promise

— 24 May 2021 10:25:09 by Kate Moore

Now that the DfE has given school trips the green light this guide sets out our additional COVID safety measures to support your enhanced risk assessment and demonstrates that we have the financial protection and emergency back-up in place for you to return to our centres in confidence. …read full post

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