At Chavagnes, the students’ wellbeing drives our curriculum. We offer a classical education aimed at the boys’ spiritual, moral and intellectual growth by providing only the best of British and French education. Success is measured against the boys working their best, using their God-given talents in all areas of school life, and gaining a sense of pride in their own academic achievements.
We enjoy great successes in the Cambridge Assessments, GCSEs, and A-Levels, and many of our graduates continue into further education and university with the qualifications they gain at Chavagnes. Our small classes, study timetable, tutoring and personalised teaching, in partnership with parents and the students, help each student achieve their potential in these formative years.
Overview of courses for each year
(Years 7, 8 and 9: Ages 11-14)
In these early years our programme follows closely the University of Cambridge ‘Checkpoint’ syllabus for Mathematics, Science and English, combined with key aspects of the French national curriculum. Classes are delivered mainly in English, supported by intensive English and French tuition. Progress is validated by Cambridge Checkpoint examinations at the end of Year 9 for English, Mathematics and Science.
Year 10 (Age 14, turning 15): Cambridge/AQA syllabuses for IGCSE, GCSE and A-level examinations, with extra support in Mathematics, Science and French for those wishing to sit the French ‘Brevet des Collèges’. Some boys may take IGCSE/GCSE/A-level examinations a year early in some subjects, at the end of this year.
Year 11 (Age 15, turning 16): Final year of study for Cambridge/AQA syllabuses for IGCSE, GCSE and A-level examinations, validated by the Cambridge or AQA examinations at the end of the year. Some boys may begin AS-level study a year early in some subjects.
Year 12 (Age 16, turning 17):
Cambridge/AQA syllabuses for GCE AS-levels. French pupils may also opt to take the Epreuves anticipées du baccalauréat, in the series ES, S or L.
Year 13 (Age 17, turning 18):
Cambridge/AQA syllabuses for GCE A2, leading to award of A-level (Advanced Level) diploma, qualifying for university entrance in the UK and internationally. French pupils may also sit the examinations for the French Baccalauréat, in the series ES, S or L.
The ages given above are a guideline only. It is common for boys to be a year ahead or a year behind.
Facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque : “I make free adults out of children by means of books and a balance.”