British School of Paris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 (BSP) 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 located in the western suburbs of Paris in Croissy-sur-Seine.


Founded by Mary J. Cosyn in 1954,[5] the then 'English School Of Paris' (ESP) moved from its original Parisian address in that same year to the Château de Monte Cristo,[6] Le Port-Marly, just west of Paris and the former home of writer Alexandre Dumas. In the early years most pupils were British, American and Canadian with many parents employed by the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE).[7] the ESP quickly became the school of choice for military and diplomatic personnel based in Paris.

1954-57 Château de Monte Cristo

The school grew steadily, welcoming both day and boarding pupils. By 1957 a total of 130 pupils on roll prompted a whole school move to more spacious premises in Andrésy, a picturesque village some 13km from the Château de Monte Cristo in Le Port-Marly.

1958-1962 Andrésy

'Le Manoir' at Andrésy offered much more space and proved to be an ideal home for the school for a few years until numbers started to suffer badly largely thanks to the major withdrawal of military personnel from France in the early 1960s. As numbers dropped it also became apparent that the school's relative distance from Paris and high fees were contributing to the downturn; the school needed to find a more accessible location if it hoped to survive. A brief return to the Château de Monte Cristo followed but the future depended upon finding a permanent home.

1964 - Llesna Court, Croissy-sur-Seine

In 1964 the school's permanent home became Llesna Court, 38 quai de l'Ecluse, Croissy-sur-Seine and remains its base today. Slowly the school began to grow again and several new buildings around the grounds followed in due course.

By 1973 the school had acquired a second property in Bougival,[8] specifically to house the Junior School.

By 1980 the school had been transferred from private ownership to become a 'not for profit association' under French law.[9] A Board of Governors was appointed with responsibility for overseeing the running and development of the school and the British Ambassador to France[10] was adopted as the school Patron. In 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.[11]


Both the Junior and Senior schools follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales[3] starting with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)[12] framework continuing to Key Stages 1–5.[13] 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,[14] 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 (BSO).

ISI report 2022

ISI report 2019[15]

ISI report 2014[16]

The Headmaster is a member of HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference).[17] The School is a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools)[18] and COBIS (Council of British International Schools).[19]


The Junior and Senior School campuses are adjacent. 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 chess, debating, DofE, Investor club, drama, school show, Maths competition club, orchestra, science, jazz bands.

School Motto[edit]

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

This is a stopgap mapping solution, while attempts are made to resolve technical difficulties with {{OSM Location map}}
Campuses in Croissy-sur-Seine

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to France: Menna Rawlings". GOV.UK.
  5. ^ "Mary Cosyn". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Alexandre Dumas' Chateau de Monte-Cristo counting on fund-raising appeal". the Guardian. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe", Wikipedia, 5 November 2022, retrieved 14 November 2022
  8. ^ "Bougival", Wikipédia (in French), 20 October 2022, retrieved 14 November 2022
  9. ^ "La loi du 1er Juillet 1901 et la liberté d'association". (in French). 14 November 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to France: Menna Rawlings". GOV.UK. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  11. ^ à 07h00, Par Le 23 septembre 2010 (23 September 2010). "Une inauguration royale pour la British School". (in French). Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Early years foundation stage". GOV.UK.
  13. ^ "The national curriculum". GOV.UK.
  14. ^ "ISI International Schools :: Independent Schools Inspectorate".
  15. ^ "ISI Inspection Report 2019". issuu.
  16. ^ "ISI Report 2014". issuu.
  17. ^ "The British School of Paris".
  18. ^ "Site Search".
  19. ^ "Home - Council of British International Schools".

External links[edit]