A word from the founder
Barbara de Baudry d’Asson
Union School founder
École bilingue Français | Anglais
Creating Union School, I aspired to gather all the requirements of an excellent bilingual education: to guarantee the acquisition of fundamental skills, of course, but also to ensure that each child blossoms in a caring environment; that each individual follows its intuitions and enjoys expressing its extraordinary potential day after day.
A child’s cognitive abilities and future skills are shaped largely during the kindergarten and primary school years. During this period learning abilities are multiplied, thanks to the incredible plasticity of the brain. Perception, attention, memory, motor skills, language and reasoning expand better, if they are adequately stimulated. Growing in a prolific, rewarding and dynamic environment is therefore a determining factor. For all the above reasons Union School combines the best of international systems, proven pedagogical methods and the latest advances in neuroscience.
The process leading to the development of Union School’s educational ecosystem has been exciting. Several years of fantastic collegial work and close collaboration with numerous specialists in education have allowed Union School to develop a novel holistic approach. This approach is defined by a combination of educational tools that have proven their effectiveness.
All complementary activities offered at Union School are associated with academic teaching and fully integrated into the curriculum. Activities range from inspiring personalities coming to meet the children each month to the practice of yoga or meditation; from singing, chess, drawing, coding or drama classes to the introduction to philosophy and weekly debates; from participatory class projects to cultural outings or green classes. All these activities are fully integrated into the curriculum. They are designed to broaden the children's horizons and constitute a propaedeutic that favours the integration of academic knowledge. Every Wednesday afternoon, our Academy further offers a selection of additional activities taught exclusively in English.
An outstanding bilingual education is not anecdotal. Whilst immersing the children in a multicultural environment open to the world, it also meets the need for mobility of many families. Allowing our pupils to follow both the Programme de l’Éducation Nationale and the English Curriculum, we ensure that your child can evolve in an Anglo-Saxon as much as in a French environment. He or she is thus able to enter either of the educational systems at any time, integrating the most outstanding establishments.
At Union School, a dozen native English and French teachers are fully dedicated to the success and well-being of our pupils. Passionate educators, who have proven themselves in renowned international schools, work under the guidance of Ian Tysoe, our Head Teacher. The nine years of education from nursery to year six, are characterized by excellence and benevolent kindness; values shared by our team.
Thanks to continuous vigilance, Union School ensures that the educational journey of our young pupils is a source of joy, enrichment and satisfaction. Our Board of Experts contributes to this dynamic. Present at every stage of the educational process, it provides continuous training for our teachers and accompanies parents and grandparents.
Together we work to build a school that values intelligence in all its forms, advocates plural excellence, and considers failure to be virtuous. A school that promotes team spirit and solidarity and that cultivates difference and creativity. A school that considers imagination a strength and encourages curiosity.
It is in this way, I am sure, that self-confidence is born, thanks to which everything is possible. Our greatest reward is to see your children enjoying to come to Union School and to learn every day. We long to give them a similar pleasure in learning as we experienced in creating Union School, for you, for them, and because we dreamed of it.
Barbara de Baudry d’Asson
Founder of Union School