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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What are the current rules for school groups travelling to and from France?

— 14 Jan 2022 09:11:11 by Kate Moore

This is our understanding of the rules to enter France from 14 January 2022. COVID-19 rules are subject to change and may be different by the time your trip departs. …read full post

Do children need to be vaccinated to visit the Chateau?

— 12 Jan 2022 10:23:00 by Kate Moore

What does the vaccine roll out mean for school trips to France?  The news that children aged from 12 years can now have a second COVID-19 jab opens up more possibilities for French trips in 2022. We explain what the vaccination roll out means for school trips to France. …read full post

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

— 6 Jan 2022 10:33:00 by Kate Moore

The rules for school groups returning home from a French trip have changed. Check our understanding of the latest requirements for teachers and students returning from a school trip to France. …read full post

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