French lycée named after Winston Churchill opens in London
London, 3 September 2015
The new Lycée international de Londres Winston Churchill opens today for its first autumn term, welcoming 475 pupils from nursery level to the first year of upper secondary school.
The new school will eventually take in 1,300 pupils. Situated in the municipal borough of Wembley, the new lycée occupies the site of the former Brent Town Hall, completely redeveloped with the addition of new blocks built by Bouygues. The Art-Deco premises meet the highest safety and energy efficiency standards and provide pupils and teachers with special surroundings. The lycée will combing the excellence of the French curriculum with openness to its environment and the world, by means of innovative teaching methods.
The successful completion of this project meets the high expectations of the estimated 300,000-strong French community in the UK, and provides an illustration of the excellent cooperation between the government, which acted as guarantor with a loan of £40 million, the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), which contributed £2.2 million, and the private sector, through which £9 million was raised.
It is named after Winston Churchill, as a tribute to the former British prime minister in this, the 50th anniversary year of his death, and echoes London’s Lycée Charles de Gaulle, which has just celebrated its centenary.
The Lycée international de Londres Winston Churchill is part of France’s education network in the UK, in which 7,115 pupils are taught in 14 schools.