“My memories of the EFB? Naps on a pillow with classmates, the adventures of “Béatrice and Yves”, tadpoles in bowls in the classroom, birthday parties, playtime (extended if we spoke only in French!), and Father Christmas! Thanks to my time at the EFB (and my parents’ love and support), I am able to speak, read, and write (albeit with the odd mistake!) in my native language. What I really liked the most was the friendship of the other “French kids” or “English kids” I met at the Ecole Française de Bristol. Friendships that have survived the test of time for more than 30 years in some cases !”
“I would really like to thank the EFB for teaching my sons to read and write in French and remain bilingual in a relaxed yet purposeful setting, and for giving them the platform to make friends for life.
It is particularly difficult for a French father married to an English wife and living in England to teach French effectively to his children. The EFB was so valuable to me in their language learning and it’s thanks to the EFB they are able still to converse with their cousins across the Channel. They have fond memories of their time there and I’m still proud today to have heard them sing Christmas Carols on the BBC.”
“The EFB enabled my daughter not just to learn French, but also to gain self-confidence. Despite speaking two languages at home, English has always been dominant and it’s thanks to the School that she became bilingual. She was naturally shy, but to see her going off happily to the EFB every day is absolute testament to the positive effect this unique institution in Bristol had on her.”
“The high level of the quality of education, and the devotion shown by staff at the French school are exceptional. Each teacher knows each child very well and they make every effort to give feedback on pupils’ progress to the parents. Our children have become very confident in speaking French and their knowledge of French culture has grown immensely thanks to the EFB. As parents, we have made new friends through the EFB. Without the EFB, we would never have met so many French people in Bristol.”
“We didn’t see the point in putting our daughter through nursery school as we wanted her to be completely integrated into English society since that’s where she is being educated. That said, although both I and my husband are French, we found it difficult to speak solely in French at home. Therefore, at the beginning of the last school year we sent one daughter for one day a week to the School and we are delighted with the result. She speaks to us in French and she understands she is part of two different cultures and is not the only child in that situation.”
“Our children are very happy to spend one day a week at the EFB for their “dose of French”. They so enjoy their day spent with their other French-speaking friends, playing with games, reading books, singing songs and have formed good bonds with their French pals. The experience contributes immensely to their development as bilingual children and strengthens their cultural awareness, much to the joy of their French mum!”
“The EFB helps my children to learn about and keep up with French customs and culture in addition to the language. It enables my children to communicate with their French family and mix with children from other social backgrounds. The EFB provides a high level of teaching and meets the curriculum requirements of the English (Ofsted) and French educational authorities (Ministère de l’Education Nationale). What really stands out for me at the EFB is the intellectual, educational and social development our children (and I too) get, something that comes naturally in a multilingual environment. Thank you!”
“My daughter really likes going to the School every Tuesday. She loves the songs they learn with their teacher and she feels proud of herself when she recites a poem or reads a story. She also enjoys seeing the friends she has known for several years. She does actually enjoy feeling different from her friends at the English school because she goes to a school every week where they speak a different language. Her English school teacher believes that the experience has given her more self-confidence. Nursery school was the catalyst for that. At two and a half she refused to speak French at home, but after a couple of weeks at the School she started speaking it non-stop to me. Nursery school prepared her very well for life at a British school. She got used to the routine of school life and learned so much in terms of reading and writing that stood her in good stead in terms of the English language too. I cannot thank the School’s teachers and assistants enough for giving her a good start in life.”
“I was born in Bristol and went to the EFB on a Saturday morning in the 1980s when it was more like a children’s club. From a very young age, I spoke French as my mother was from Bourgogne and she appreciated the importance of being able to speak two languages. At that time the School was small and developing.
Today, it’s amazing to see the School where my 4 year old son goes. His levels of French and English are already great thanks to the work of the staff. I really do think the School contributes a lot to his progress. He’s always asking to study at home and I am proud of what he is capable of doing. On top of that, the way the School has developed is brilliant especially when you see the school premises today.”
“Our daughter Anna attended the EFB one day a week for almost all of her English primary school life, and became perfectly bilingual. This has in no way hampered her in her English education, quite the opposite. In her SATS exams, her SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Reading and Comprehension results were Level 6, something that less than 1% of all pupils achieve.”
Olivier Cadic, Elected Representative of the French people abroad, visited the school “with utter delight ” (as he put it) and wrote about the day on his blog under the post Ecole française de Bristol : “a little corner of the world in blue …white, red.”