As of September, 2018, Open Doors will start preparing students for Cambridge proficiency exams.

Open Doors will also be running classes for Year 6 and Year 7 (6ieme and 5ieme in the French system).


Nursery Classes

Tuition starts at 4 years old.

4-5 years
(Maternelle 2)
Wednesday 12.30pm – 2.45pm
5-6 years
(Maternelle 3)
Wednesday 12.30pm – 2.45pm
  • In ‘Maternelle 2’ the emphasis is on speaking and listening skills, in preparation for the more formal work in reading, which is introduced in ‘Maternelle 3’.
  • We concentrate on building solid foundations for future progress in reading and writing through stories and drama, songs and rhymes, singing games and creative and play activities.
  • We aim to develop a confident ‘I can do it’ attitude towards reading in our pupils, which eases their entry into the ‘CP’ class of French primary school.
  • Our Maternelle class (Moyenne and Grande Section) has a maximum of 20 places .
  • Children are taught by two experienced and dedicated teachers.   At this “infants” level, the children’s English is developed through songs and stories, lots of artwork and interactive games.  They follow a well-devised and closely monitored reading scheme where they can progress at their own pace.  Most of the children have a good reading ability by the time they begin the “primary” level of Open Doors at age 6.
  • The Maternelle classes prepare a charming Christmas play every year, which is performed to the parents and the children can also let off steam at the annual sports day.


Primary School Classes

We have five Primaire classes, where the children are aged from 6 to 11.  Each class has a small number of pupils and is taught by one of our five experienced and motivated primary teachers.  There is the additional support of a reading assistant who, on a weekly basis, listens to the children read individually, monitors their progress and streamlines their reading programme accordingly.

From nursery classes, children progress into Class 1 (in general when they enter  CP in French school) and can stay with us throughout primary school. They come one half-day a  week, on Wednesdays, when French primary school is closed.

Class 1 (CP) Wednesday 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Class 2 (CE1) Wednesday 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Class 3 (CE2) Wednesday 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Class 4 (CM1) Wednesday 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Class 5 (CM2) Wednesday 1:15pm – 4:15pm
  • The work in our primary classes is, of necessity, more formal than in the nursery classes, but our low pupil/teacher ratio means that we can work individually with our pupils and adjust our expectations to their ability and aspirations.
  • We set a minimum amount of homework each week but are happy to provide more if parents request it.
  • The overall standard of the classes is high and require that children do have previous experience of written English.
  • At the end of their primary careers, almost all of our pupils are accepted into bilingual classes at local secondary schools.
  • We use up-to-date British reading schemes and textbooks and have an extensive library of fiction and non-fiction books, from which the children are allowed to choose every week.

Come and meet our Teachers!


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