Bromley Bilingual Primary School set to open in September 2014

News Shopper: Bromley Bilingual Primary School principal Sebastien Chapleau with parent group leader Nathan Hardman Bromley Bilingual Primary School principal Sebastien Chapleau with parent group leader Nathan Hardman

A BILINGUAL dream of Bromley children being taught in both French and English is to become a reality – in a former government building.

Since coming up with the idea of Bromley Bilingual Primary School (BBPS) around a year ago the parents behind the project have been looking at several sites in the borough.

But now they have settled on the old Department for Work and Pensions building in Westmoreland Place, Bromley.

And when it opens as a school in September next year it will be headed by Sebastien Chapleau, a Frenchman who lives in Beckenham and specialises in teaching foreign languages at primary level.

Dr Chapleau said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as principal designate.

“Bromley Bilingual will provide unique opportunities for local children to become global citizens and benefit from a bilingual education.

“It is a great challenge and honour to have been chosen to lead the school and I am very much looking forward to welcoming our first pupils in September 2014.”

The free school was approved for opening in May by the Department for Education following a successful application by CfBT Schools Trust and the parent proposer group.

Education charity CfBT is collaborating on a number of other free school projects across the country.

CfBT free school programme manager Jayne Soanes said: “Having been granted approval in May, the appointment of Sebastien is the next major milestone for Bromley Bilingual; it is really exciting to see the vision become a reality.

“We very much look forward to supporting Sebastien in his new role in leading the school.”

BBPS is still accepting applications for entry into reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for when it opens.

Click here for more information or call 0118 9021637.

And a public information meeting will be held on January 11 from 2pm to 3pm in the Chapel Room, Bromley United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley.

To attend the meeting RSVP by sending an email by January 8.

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9:59am Tue 10 Dec 13

Wispy Wonder says...

What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time.
What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time. Wispy Wonder

10:02am Tue 10 Dec 13

annam85 says...

Great idea. Being bilingual/multilingu
al is such a skill. I'm envious of young kids that grow up learning a second language. Because English is so widely spoken, I do think us Brits have become a bit lazy at learning new languages compared to other countries. It means these kids will have double the job opportunities in later life and that has to be a good thing.
Great idea. Being bilingual/multilingu al is such a skill. I'm envious of young kids that grow up learning a second language. Because English is so widely spoken, I do think us Brits have become a bit lazy at learning new languages compared to other countries. It means these kids will have double the job opportunities in later life and that has to be a good thing. annam85

10:07am Tue 10 Dec 13

annam85 says...

Wispy Wonder wrote:
What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time.
Its a start and may hopefully pave the way for other bilingual schools. On their website they also state that there is huge demand from parents for their children to learn French, based on oversubscription to Saturday schools that teach the language. The demand is there already, so I guess it makes less of a gamble.
[quote][p][bold]Wispy Wonder[/bold] wrote: What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time.[/p][/quote]Its a start and may hopefully pave the way for other bilingual schools. On their website they also state that there is huge demand from parents for their children to learn French, based on oversubscription to Saturday schools that teach the language. The demand is there already, so I guess it makes less of a gamble. annam85

11:45am Tue 10 Dec 13

j.j. says...

Wispy Wonder wrote:
What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time.
5 reasons that immediately come to mind:
- Learning any language, no matter how economically significant, at a young age maked it much asier to learn other languages later in life. Furthermore, it has been proven that it supports the general development of children's mental capacity. I believe that there is a connection between language education being dumbed down and poor PISA results in the UK - our children simply do;t get the same level of brain traning as kids in most other countries.
- Besides France, French is widely spoken in other countries where you have a great advantage if you speak the local language.
- France/ North Africa / Switzerland have a lot to offer as a holiday destination. While the French try much harder these days you still get much better service if you speak French.
- While English is the language of business and entertainment, French remains the language of culture. French cinema, cuisine, art etc. are not to everybody's liking but if you like those things you will enjoy them even more if you understand the nuances of the language.
- Learning a foreign language also opens up your eyes to other cultures and widens your perspectives as a human being.

But I also agree with your point on Spanish and Chinese - we need many more children to learn those languages.
[quote][p][bold]Wispy Wonder[/bold] wrote: What's the point of learning French, compared to German, Spanish, or Chinese these days? It's hardly global or economically significant. What a waste of time.[/p][/quote]5 reasons that immediately come to mind: - Learning any language, no matter how economically significant, at a young age maked it much asier to learn other languages later in life. Furthermore, it has been proven that it supports the general development of children's mental capacity. I believe that there is a connection between language education being dumbed down and poor PISA results in the UK - our children simply do;t get the same level of brain traning as kids in most other countries. - Besides France, French is widely spoken in other countries where you have a great advantage if you speak the local language. - France/ North Africa / Switzerland have a lot to offer as a holiday destination. While the French try much harder these days you still get much better service if you speak French. - While English is the language of business and entertainment, French remains the language of culture. French cinema, cuisine, art etc. are not to everybody's liking but if you like those things you will enjoy them even more if you understand the nuances of the language. - Learning a foreign language also opens up your eyes to other cultures and widens your perspectives as a human being. But I also agree with your point on Spanish and Chinese - we need many more children to learn those languages. j.j.

12:03am Wed 11 Dec 13

Rockerdave says...

Wispy Wonder, I find your comments slightly insulting. It may interest you to know I'm bilingual and I was taught to speak French when I was 2 years old. Owning to the fact that my mother half on the family is French.

I should also point out that Bromley is often used as a stop gap before French tourists go to visit London and I should know because I often talk to French people in Bromley. There are a lot more of them than you think.

Trust me, from my own personal experience learning French or any foreign language is a very useful tool. I don't care what you think, it isn't a waste of time to learn. Why don't you get off your backside and learn it or another language for that matter before criticizing what you don't know.
Wispy Wonder, I find your comments slightly insulting. It may interest you to know I'm bilingual and I was taught to speak French when I was 2 years old. Owning to the fact that my mother half on the family is French. I should also point out that Bromley is often used as a stop gap before French tourists go to visit London and I should know because I often talk to French people in Bromley. There are a lot more of them than you think. Trust me, from my own personal experience learning French or any foreign language is a very useful tool. I don't care what you think, it isn't a waste of time to learn. Why don't you get off your backside and learn it or another language for that matter before criticizing what you don't know. Rockerdave

3:55pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Next it will be African/Caribbean schools.............
..yay.............ca
n't wait. Oh sorry, we already have that in our main stream schools don't we?
OK, how about schools to educate English children to speak the English language properly instead of all this crap talk that has been ingrained into them recently?
Next it will be African/Caribbean schools............. ..yay.............ca n't wait. Oh sorry, we already have that in our main stream schools don't we? OK, how about schools to educate English children to speak the English language properly instead of all this crap talk that has been ingrained into them recently? sarfflondonbird

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