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

L’Ecole des Petits / battersea has had a great reputation for years. It was the only private french school with english attracting both teachers and pupils. Things are changing. From my experience, L’ecole de Battersea is better managed with better teachers and management and also better space than l’ecole des petits.

Positive
- very good academically (Children come from nurturing wealthy families who follow well)
- Smaller classes than the lycee (up to 21 in battersea and to 18 in l’ecole des petits)
- Beautiful and cosy with adorable uniforms

Negative
- Cost is increasing every year. It’s now 13k / year (it was 10k in 2014). With many families leaving, revenues are decreasing for the school while it has to face more competition (Jeannine Manuel, EIFA) than before
- the mentality/leadership of the school is very perfectionist, academic
- The primary is not fully bilingual. There are 6 to 10h of english per week (including 3:30 of pure english) and maternelle it depends on the class
- The teaching is traditional : no innovation in the learning methods
- Traditional discipline for maternelle (like 40 years ago) : they do not have positive discipline methods or neuroscience understanding (still punishing excluding shouting...). Not the case for all teachers though some are warm and loving. It’s a vocation we either have it or not
- The recruitment seems very difficult as some teachers in maternelle at l’ecole des petits have no experience with young children at all (like in MS 3rd LB). Which is a problem when the teacher also lacks warmth and is highly stressed
- there is no association for parents (except LEF which is more for charity jobs than to represent parents with the school)
- they are free in the recruitment compared to the lycee and to the EYFS which given the school fees should be a higher level of recruitment but unfortunately for some teachers and assistant it does not even meet standard of EYFS nor the lycee. The assistants have no qualifications at all and are paid the minimum possible wage.
- the turnover is high in l’ecole des petits (and also in Battersea where many teachers left 3 years ago)
- children are not guaranteed a place in college south kensington after battersea
- the families are dominantly french (limited international mixity, no social mixity and cold environment)
- Food is not prepared in the school (it’s delivered everyday)
- classes are very small which is a problem especially in maternelle with boys (not developmentally appropriate)
- outdoor spaces are small as well
- 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 reception)
- they have the highest number of holidays
- the locations of the schools are not great for public transport
- There is a limited visibility on what children do at school
- everything is still on emails and notebooks (not Digitalised) and cash payments for extras
- some classes have problems of discipline with unhappy children, parents and teachers. Teachers have too much pressure which stresses them out. There is a lack of positive methods and training with children. Management can be blaming teachers instead of empowering them. Too rigid on the academic

They need to revisit their strategy. They need to differentiate themselves more from the lycee with more english and to adopt a stronger British identity (focusing more on kindness and respect with children, boosting their confidence and soft skills) instead of being 100% focused on academic and old style negative discipline (damaging self confidence in the long run) which is something usual in the french system but we expect more from a private high fee school in the UK.
=>A change in the leadership is necessary
=>A comprehensive training of the whole team with new innovative learning methods and neuroscience
=>New methods of management to motivate and empower the teachers
=> A limitation of the rise of the school fees as it’s not matching the quality of education at the moment
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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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