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La Grand’Ferme residential school centre

French language immersion and culture in Normandy

Looking for an opportunity to interact with the local community on your school trip to France? The French programme at La Grand'Ferme combines day trips to local attractions with some on-site activities. Your learners will hear and practise  French from the moment they arrive at the centre, to the moment they leave - whether making French bread, on a market mission to a local town, or exploring the cobbled streets of Mont Saint-Michel, everything is carried out in French and professionally instructed by our French-native animateurs.

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A tried & tested French residential that delivers real educational outcomes

La Grand' Ferme offers an authentic French environment where learners enjoy a mix of on-site activities, day trips and excursions, all led in French by our native-speaking animateurs. Each student also receives a workbook to reinforce their learning. Click on the links below to learn about our French immersion residentials at La Grand'Ferme.

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French animateurs

Our dedicated team of animateurs will lead your trip for you—from breakfast through to evening entertainment and everything in between and every activity is used as an opportunity for students to learn and use their French. With your students in safe hands with our animateurs, you can choose to get as involved as you'd like.

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Excursions & activities

The French residential based at La Grand' Ferme offers a wide range of day trips, activities and visits exploring this beautiful and historic region of lower Normandy. All activities are led, in French, by our experienced animateurs to build students’ confidence and encourage them to use their French in practical, real-life situations.

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Learning programme

Each French programme is tailored to your students’ age, level of French and interests. Our animateurs at La Grand’ Ferme will lead all activities, mealtime and excursions in French to provide an immersive and authentic French experience. Suitable for complete beginners to GCSE level students.

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Staying at La Grand'Ferme

Located in the village of Bacilly, between Granville and Avranches, La Grand’Ferme sits just 2km from the coast and offers views of stunning Mont Saint-Michel. The farmhouse and barn were built in the 18th century from the remnants of an abbey destroyed during The French Revolution. Click on the links below to plan your stay at La Grand'Ferme.

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Accommodation & facilities

The residential centre comprises of 3 buildings within 3 acres and provides a safe, contained environment ideally suited for school groups. The farmhouse and gîte accommodate approximately 120 pupils and 11 teachers.

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Food & dining

You'll enjoy a seasonal menu of home-cooked meals at La Grand' Ferme. Meals are eaten French-style, to encourage children to try something new, with menus and instructions in French. Our skilled chef is experienced catering for special dietary requirements. 

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Getting to us

La Grand’Ferme is well connected to the ferry ports of Caen and Cherbourg. Most groups travel on our very own fleet of coaches, based in Southampton, which means we can oversee every element of your trip.

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Included in your French residential booking

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Full board accommodation
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Professionally-instructed activities
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Guided off-site excursions
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Evening entertainment
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Dedicated coach & driver
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Choice of return travel
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Subsidised inspection visit
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Free places for teachers
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24-hour emergency support

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Why choose us for your French school trip to Normandy?

French immersion works

Developed over 20 years, our approach to French teaching creates a truly immersive experience that is shown to improve learning and confidence.

We’re here for you

Our local managers are on hand 24/7 to look after the individual needs of your group and deliver the best experience every time you visit.

Schools return to us year after year

Our French language residentials offer the highest quality instruction and care which is why 8 out of 10 school groups return each year.

Animateurs are “like having another teacher on the trip”

All school group activities are led by our own French-native animateurs who are skilled at encouraging even the most reticent learner to use their French.

Authentic French experiences

As part of the local community, with ties across the region, we offer an authentic French cultural experience during your group's stay.

A French programme to suit your learning objectives

Looking for onsite adventure activities? The chance to experience authentic local culture? Or an escorted tour of Normandy's rich history and landmarks? We have a French trip to suit.