As you will see, Mougins School is constructed on a purpose-built campus backing on to a forest. All the buildings are clad in wood and site is landscaped to offer the maximum space for recreational areas catering to the different age groups. When the present building programme is completed in 2013, the School will have a capacity of over 500 students, present enrolment is at 450.
These numbers are large enough to provide a stimulating environment and small enough to retain a caring family atmosphere. With thirty-eight nationalities, the School is culturally rich and its philosophy is designed to encourage pupils to develop morally, emotionally, culturally, intellectually and physically.
Mougins School is unique on the Côte d’Azur. It offers the British curriculum, adapted to an international community. Students leave us with advanced international qualifications accepted throughout the world for University entrance or for direct entry into employment.
The Foundation Stage for 3 to 4 year olds is housed within a purpose built and well-resourced building. Children in the first year (Early Years Class) attend School for mornings only. In the second year (Reception Class) children attend all day.
From Forms 1 to 9 the programme is divided into Key Stages and students follow the UK National Curriculum.
Students in Form 11, having followed a two-year course, take external examinations in at least 8 subjects. The examinations taken are International General Certificates in Education (IGCSE’s) designed for the international market and administered by Examination Boards in the United Kingdom.
After their IGCSE examinations, students who have gained at least 5 A – C grades may enter the Advanced International Programme. In the first of these two years (Form 12) students normally study 4 or 5 subjects to prepare for external AS examinations. In the second year (Year 13) they prepare for external A levels. AS and A level are, once again, administered from the United Kingdom. The subjects studied are chosen from a wide range, giving students the chance to create a course with both breadth and depth.
The overall Results in IGCSE, AS and A level examinations are excellent and well above the national average. In 2011 the pass rate for A-Level was 100%. Students are guided by Senior Tutors when making their university applications and assistance is given in careers guidance. The majority of our students go on to Higher Education throughout the world.
The School Week: We work from Monday to Friday. There are no lessons on Saturdays and Sundays. School begins at 08h45 each morning. On Monday Primary School finishes at 15h30 and Secondary School finishes at 15h45. On Tuesdays and Thursdays School finishes at 16h10, on Fridays at 15h30 and, on Wednesday afternoons, School finishes at 13h00 to enable all our students to participate in activities in their local community.
Please click on School Calendar in order to have holiday dates. The School year begins in early September and finishes at the end of June.
The School Dress code requires students to attend School appropriately dressed but, as in the continental tradition, there is no school uniform.
The School Dining Room provides our students with excellent, freshly cooked lunches every day except Wednesday. We operate a self-service system, with assistance for the youngest students. The airy modern ‘Café des Amis’ and its exterior terrace provide students and staff with a convivial environment in which to relax together.
The School Library is a superb facility which enables students to choose from over 10,000 volumes, both for leisure and research, assisted by a dedicated librarian. The Library is open according to school hours and students also have access to computers for research and are able to use the area for study periods and homework. Parents can also take advantage of this service outside School hours.
As well as a strong academic and sporting tradition, Performing Arts play an important part within the curriculum. Music is part of the weekly timetable up to Form 9 and students throughout the School can have private instrumental lessons taught by peripatetic music specialists. The three School Choirs perform both in School and publicly and there are annual Spring and Winter concerts. In the past the School has produced CDs written and performed by the students, the sale of which raised a considerable amount of money for charity. Drama has an equally important place in the School programme with a minimum of two productions a year. Some recent productions include: Chicago, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Inspector Hound, A Streetcar named Desire, Hairspray and Mamma Mia.
Mougins School is a designated Examinations Centre for LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) in the South of France and a number of our students regularly achieve high grades in Acting, Public Speaking and Musical performances. This is reflected in the quality of the students’ public performances in our theatrical and musical productions.
Sport plays an important part in the curricular programme and the School has excellent sporting facilities: a synthetic football pitch, outdoor games court and superbly equipped competition-sized gymnasium permit the School to offer a wide range of sporting activities. The School is also affiliated to the U.N.S.S., a national sporting organisation for schools in France, playing matches against other schools and competing in major tournaments on a regional and national level.
Apart from Day Trips organised during the course of the School year a number of Residential Visits are organised. Students in Forms 3 – 6 each have an opportunity to participate in either a summer or winter activity which entails going away for 4 – 6 days. In late September Form 7 spends six days on the Iles de Lérins, off Cannes. During the year Form 9 participate in a PGL activity camp and in Form 10 students studying Spanish do a trip to Barcelona, the Geography students do a Field Study Week in the Cevennes (France) and the Physical Education Option do sports activities in the Alpes de Haute Provence.
Students are encouraged to assist in social and fund-raising activities and will often suggest causes for which they wish to raise money and organise projects themselves. The School is quick to react to major disasters such as the Tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti and 9/11. It has also been active nationally and internationally on behalf of Cancer Research, Red Nose Day (Comic Relief), Sidaction, the Telethon and the raising of 16,000€ to pay for the training of a Guide Dog.
The School produces a Newsletter every month in which parents can find a wealth of information to do with the life of the School: social events, school trips, parents’ evenings, musical and theatrical productions and information pertaining to the academic programme. It is possible to place classified advertisements in the Newsletter.
Every year a team of students and staff work on the School Yearbook. This is a hardback book containing a photographic and written record of the School year and every student appears in it. It is a much-appreciated piece of School memorabilia.
We would like to thank you for having taken the time to visit our website and hope that some of your questions concerning Mougins School have been answered. Naturally no website or brochure can take the place of a visit to the School and we would encourage you to contact our Office in order to make an appointment. We are always delighted to welcome prospective parents in order to show them the campus and introduce them to staff and children.