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Welcome to ENP

The English National Programme (ENP) is part of a France-wide programme introduced by the French Education Ministry in cooperation with partner countries.   Ferney-Voltaire has International Sections in a number of languages, though ENP is the biggest, with around 1 000 pupils (600 in Secondary and 400 in Primary).

ENP provides a bilingual and bicultural education to English-speaking students within the French state school system.  Our students are drawn from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds; some but not all from anglophone families, or families who have lived overseas.

The great benefit of a programme which  requires students to move from one language to another, and from one culture to another in  the course of their school day, is a flexibility in their thinking and understanding, in addition to the more obvious advantage of bilingualism.   

Our teaching

ENP teachers are native English speakers, who have trained and qualified in the UK schools system, and who deliver lessons in English based on the UK's teaching methods.

See our Staff pages for more details.

Students follow the majority of their studies in French in the collège or lycée, with the exception of English Language and Literature which is taught as in England and following a similar curriculum, and History-Geography which is taught partly in English and partly in French, with the French national curriculum (adapted to reflect a greater emphasis on British history and Geography).   ENP students also have the opportunity to study an optional course of Maths in English (in addition to the Maths taught in French). We aim to promote independence, critical thinking and collaborative work in ENP classrooms, and the learning activities and tasks reflect this.

See our Curriculum pages for more details.

Our exams

ENP students take the DNB (Diplome National du Brevet) with an additional  English language element at the end of the collège phase, and the OIB (Option Internationale du Baccalauréat) at the end of lycée.  In addition, students are entered for iGCSE English Language and Literature, and if English Maths is taken, GCSE Statistics, and iGCSE Maths.  Some students choose to continue Maths to GCE AS Level.

For more details, see our Exam results pages for OIB in Terminale, GCE AS Level in Premiere, IGCSE in Seconde and for Troisieme.

Our admission process

To be accepted into the English National Programme, students must sit a test to assess whether they have the necessary language skills to access the English language curriculum.

See our  Admissions pages for more details.