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L'Ecole des Petits is inspected by the Inspector for French National Education in Western Northern Europe and Scandinavia (I.E.N), as well as by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED).


Read the latest outstanding OFSTED Report (March 2020)

Ofsted 2020 - Fulham quotes

For the school timetable, please see Hours & Terms section

French Curriculum


Our curriculum follows the French system of  L'Ecole Maternelle as laid down in the programme of  l'Education Nationale Française.

Alongside this the school incorporates various aspects of the English system and English culture into the learning process of all the children.

We are an Ecole Homologuée and as such are part of the French Reseau (Network)  in London and subject to regular inspections and training from the Inspector for French National Education, whilst retaining our independence.

As we follow the French Education system, we are unable to comply with the English Early Years Foundation Stage requirements, and in 2012 we received an Exemption from having to meet these in the areas of teaching and learning from the Department for Education. Whilst we have the same ultimate objectives, the English and French methodology of teaching and timescales for achieving certain levels of achievement are quite different.

This has been recognised and accepted by both systems, but is in no way detrimental to children's progress.

The school has a strong international flavour, with lessons being given in both English and French on a daily basis, and through this the children learn an awareness of both cultures.

 This enables the school to provide the diverse and rounded education to its children that it aims to achieve, and sets them off on the route to becoming bi-lingual and culturally aware and open minded to different cultures.

As an Ecole Homolguée our children are guaranteed a place in a school within the French Reseau when entering primary school once Grande Section is completed. Most of our children opt for this route. For those few wishing to enter British schools we help with the transition to the English system.

Section Days Weekly language hours
Petite Section -14ème
(3-4 yrs old)
Full time Wednesday optional
3 hours 30 mn of English
+ French assistant
Petite Section -2nd Level B
 (3-4 yrs old)
Full time Wednesday optional 3 hours 30 mn of  French
+ French assistant
Moyenne Section-13ème
(4-5 yrs old)
Full time 4 hours 30 mn of English
+ French assistant
Moyenne Section-3rd Level B
 (4-5 yrs old)
 Full time 4 hours 30 mn of  French
+ French assistant
Grande Section-12ème
(5-6 yrs old)
Full time
 4 hours 30 mn of English
Bilingual Grande Section-12ème
(5-6 yrs old)
 Full time Equal number of hours per language