Our unique residential French language programme
Nestled in the picturesque Normandy countryside, our Château has been welcoming students for over 30 years; the extensive grounds provide the perfect environment for students to improve their language skills and confidence, through a range of on-site activities all taught in French by our native-speaking animateurs. Our unique programme encourages students to listen and practise their French from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, whether it’s working together to build a raft, canoeing, climbing, bread making or taking part in everyone’s firm favourite the market mission, all tasks will be instructed and carried out in French by our animateur team.
To ensure that each student gets individual attention, all activities are taught in small groups of no more than twelve, in addition each student will be given a workbook to help reinforce the vocabulary that they are learning. Off-site excursions allow your students to explore the rich cultural history of the region and range from goats cheese farms to the outstanding Mont St Michel. Teachers will be able to take a back seat as our animateur team lead your students through their Château programme, from petit déjuener right through to evening entertainment - all in French of course!
The best time to go
The spring term is the most affordable time to experience our market-leading programme and offers a greater choice of student activities. There is a waiting list of schools who want to stay at the Château in the peak season from June - July, with first priority given to rebookers, so we strongly recommend that first-time bookers take a trip to the Château outside of these months.
Travel in the autumn term if you are looking to kick start your students’ French learning after the long summer break or to get your new Year 7 students working well together as a group. Alternatively, KS4 and KS5 students visiting in the middle of the school year will benefit from invaluable practise before their French oral exams.
Nestled in Normandy
Situated an hour and a half south of Cherbourg, our Château nestles in 100 acres of its own grounds which incorporate a lake, mini farm, assault course, orchard, climbing wall, archery range, tennis court, fencing strip and boule pitch. Students stay in gender-specific en-suite bunk rooms in accommodation blocks throughout the chateau grounds whilst teachers stay in en-suite twin bedrooms.