Ecole des Petits, Battersea

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livieb
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Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby livieb » Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:23 pm

Anyone here have children at this school?
We have been offered a place but it means taking our son out of the wonderful Rutherford House, and as we live in tooting the logistics are challenging.
Love to hear anyone's experience of the school and if any tooting/Balham dwellers would be up for a car share. Thanks in advance, Olivia
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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby lily36 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:49 pm

Hiya
I'd like to revive this post... Could someone kindly give some recent insight on the Ecole des petits Battersea ?
I have been offered a place in maternally 2 and would very much like to hear from someone whose kids are / have been there
thanks in advance
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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby lily36 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:29 am

Bump
Please, anyone whose kid(s) are/have been attending L'Ecole des Petits Battersea?
Thanks
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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby Leathwaitegirl » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:16 pm

Hi
Congratulations on the place offered.
The least I can say about L'ecole des Petits os that it is a wonderful school, two of my children went there and they both enjoyed it and learned a lot in a nice atmosphere.
One is still there and he is leaving this year and the other one left the school two years ago.
The only reason is that we live 5min from Belleville school in Clapham and it made more sense to go to a local school rather than travel to Fulham.
I have to say that the travel and logistics were difficult especially when having two children going to two different schools. Even though the school isn't far the traffic is horrendous. If you take 295 from Clapham junction you have to take it at 8:15am. By car it is shorter. At some point we shared lifts with another family who lived in Clapham which made it easier.
Even said that, I didn't regret a day in that school. The teachers are wonderful and very caring.
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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby Annabel (admin) » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:28 pm

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Postby Annabel (admin) » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:28 pm

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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby Sofulham » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:52 pm

Positive
- very good academically
- Smaller classes than the lycee
- cosy
- english

Negative
- Cost
- The primary is not fully bilingual
- The teaching is traditional+ old style discipline for maternelle (still punishing excluding blaming shouting...). Not the case for all teachers though some are warm and loving
- The recruitment seems difficult and high turnover
- children are not guaranteed a place in south kensington
- the families are dominantly french
- classes and outdoors are very small
- they are not part of the EYFS which means you can’t have the 15h of free childcare (approx 3000£ /year between 3 yo) and don’t need to follow the british early years framework
- some classes have problems of discipline with unhappy children, parents and teachers. Teachers have too much pressure. rigid on academics.
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Re: Ecole des Petits, Battersea

Postby supergirl » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:37 am

That is a very french approach that you have described - doesnt surprise me at all (I am French) thats why i refused for my children to enter the French system.

Having said that, I also find the 7+, 11+ and 13+ of the english system dreadful for the children mental wellbeing. To subject them to so much pressure at such a young age (however much parents play it down “it is to find the beat school for you” etc. At the end of the day you still have to take to 10/11 yrs old to sit an exam with hundreds of others) is detrimental. Such competition to select kids is unnecessary and doesnt even bring the english schools at the top of leagues if you compare it with other countries.

In my opinion, if you can find a great school with a secondary school attached go there.
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