La Grand’Ferme residential school centre

French language immersion and cultural exposure in Normandy

Looking for opportunities to interact with the local community on your school trip to France? The programme at La Grand'Ferme is centred around day trips to local attractions with some on-site activities. Your group are encouraged to listen and practise their French from the moment they arrive at the centre, to the moment they leave. Whether it’s making French bread, on a market mission in 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 programme that delivers real educational outcomes

La Grand' Ferme offers an authentic French environment where French learners enjoy a mix of on-site activities, day trips and excursions, all led in French by our French native animateurs. Each student will also receive a bespoke workbook which they will complete throughout their stay to reinforce what they've learnt each day.

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French animateurs

A dedicated team of animateurs will lead your trip for you—from breakfast through to evening entertainment and everything in between. Every moment is utilised as an opportunity to learn and use French in practice. With your students in safe hands, you can confidently choose to get as involved as you'd like.

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Excursions & activities

A wide range of day trips, activities and visits exploring this beautiful and historic region of France.  All activities, from breakfast to evening entertainment are provided, 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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Make yourself comfortable at our farmhouse gîte centre

Located in the village of Le Fougeray, 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.

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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 tailored to students' tastes while maintaining a French flare during your stay. Our skilled chef is experienced in catering to any special dietary requirements your group may have.

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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.


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.