British School of Paris

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The British School of Paris
Junior school: 2, rue Hans List 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine, France
Senior school:38, quai de l'Ecluse 78290, Croissy-sur-Seine, France


The British School of Paris has provided a British education in Paris since 1954.[1] It is an independent fee-paying school with around 600 pupils, representing well over 50 nationalities. The British School of Paris is the only UK government accredited school in France.[2] The education programme is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales[3] and its Patron is the serving British Ambassador to France.[4] The school is in the western suburbs of Paris in Croissy-sur-Seine.


Mrs Mary Cosyn - Founder of the School

Founded by Mary J, Cosyn in 1954,[5] the then 'English School of Paris' moved from its original Parisian address in that same year to the Château de Monte Cristo,[6] in Le Port-Marly just west of Paris, the former home of Alexander Dumas.

In the early years most pupils were British, American and Canadian with parents employed mainly by the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE). Following a spell in Andrésy and a brief return to the Chateau de Monte Cristo, the school moved again to its current home Llesna Court, 38 quai de l'Ecluse, Croissy-sur-Seine in 1964. By 1973 the school had acquired a second property in Bougival,[7] specifically to house the Junior School.

By 1980 the school had been transferred from private ownership to be established as an 'association' under French law as a 'not-for-profit' association.[8] A Board of Governors was appointed with responsibility for overseeing the running and development of the school and the British Ambassador to France[4] was adopted as the School Patron. By 1981 the school was officially renamed as The British School of Paris and in 2010 a purpose-built Junior School next to the Senior School campus was opened.[9]

British School of Paris - Junior School
Château de Monte Cristo
British School of Paris - Senior School


Both the Junior and Seniro school follow there National Curriculum for England and Wales[3] starting with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)[10] framework continuing to Key Stage 1-5. [11] All Pupils are expected to study French until Year 11 (approximately aged 16). During Key Stage 4 pupils study for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) award in a range of subjects. Students progressing into Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) study for Advanced Level (A Level) examinations, usually three or four subjects.

Accreditation / Inspection Reports[edit]

The BSP is the only UK government accredited British school overseas (BSO) in France. [2]The school is inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate ISI,[12] a government approved independent inspectorate, quality assured on behalf of the Department for Education. The BSP is subject to regular inspections by the ISI to ensure rigorous standards are maintained. The ISI is also an approved independent inspectorate of British Schools Overseas (BS0).

ISI reports 2019 [13]

ISI report 2014 [14]

The Headmasters is a member of HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference).[15] The School is a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools)[16] and COBIS (Council of British International Schools).[17]


The Junior and Senior School campuses are adjacent to each other. The Senior School buildings include a nineteenth century Manor House, Science, Humanities, Modern Languages and Maths/Music blocks, an indoor multi-purpose hall, an all-weather sport pitch, drama studio and outdoor performance amphitheatre. The Junior School is a purpose-built campus opened in 2010.

Student Welfare/Pastoral Care[edit]

Student Welfare is an integral part of the National Curriculum and it is supported at the BSP by the compulsory Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) classes.


The BSP has a wide-ranging co-curricular programme including sports such as basketball, cricket, cross country, football, netball and rugby and non-sporting activities such as shoes, crochet, debating D of E, Investor club, drama, School show, Maths competition club, orchestra science, jazz bands.

School Motto[edit]

The School Motto is Valid Corpore Animoque (strength in body and mind). The School's four core values are: Excellence and Integrity, Determination and Endeavour, Community and Service and Discovery and Opportunity.

British School of Paris Motto

Campuses in Croissy-sur-Seine

See also[edit]

French international schools in the United Kingdom:


  1. ^ "We Have a Proud History and Heritage".
  2. ^ a b "British schools overseas: accredited schools inspection reports". GOV.UK.
  3. ^ a b "National curriculum". GOV.UK.
  4. ^ a b "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to France: Menna Rawlings". GOV.UK.
  5. ^ "Mary Cosyn" – via
  6. ^ "Alexandre Dumas' Chateau de Monte-Cristo counting on fund-raising appeal". 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Bougival".
  8. ^ "La loi du 1er Juillet 1901 et la liberté d'association". 6 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Une inauguration royale pour la British School". 23 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Early years foundation stage". GOV.UK.
  11. ^ "The national curriculum". GOV.UK.
  12. ^ "ISI International Schools :: Independent Schools Inspectorate".
  13. ^ "ISI Inspection Report 2019". issuu.
  14. ^ "ISI Report 2014". issuu.
  15. ^ "The British School of Paris".
  16. ^ "Site Search".
  17. ^ "Home - Council of British International Schools".

Members of HMC[edit]

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