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

— 15 Oct 2021 10:33:00 by Kate Moore

Following announcements about the simplification of the travel traffic light system on October 4, we have received enquiries from groups feeling more confident about returning to the Château in 2022. …read full post

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

— 11 Oct 2021 15:11:11 by Sam Taylor

The indicators are that travel restrictions are being eased, both home and abroad, especially for vaccinated travellers. The French government is considering removing restrictions, such as mask wearing and the pass sanitaire, from regions with low case rates. …read full post

How to check you have adequate insurance for your French school trip 

— 10 Oct 2021 09:01:07 by Kate Moore

Jargon-free guide to insuring your school tripGroups staying at our Normandy centres have the chance to take out our specialist school travel insurance which includes several benefits, including cancellation cover for COVID-19. …read full post

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