Passionate about Languages

Hampton Court House is a profoundly Francophile school which believes in fostering French not just as an academic subject but as a living language through which we teach other subjects. In Early and Lower Years of the school, around half of the lessons are taught in French by native French speakers, thus creating confident, fluent young speakers. Teachers readily help children who need a little translation into English here and there but, all in all, the method is astonishingly successful at creating confident, fluent young French speakers.

In the Middle Years, when teaching in the wider school switches to English, we cater both for children who have developed strong French skills with us and for children who join us with little or no French. The subject is streamed into two sets from Year 7. Our more advanced students can prepare for the DELF examinations (Diplôme d’ Études en Langue Française), which, once they reach the B2 level, offers them the opportunity to study at most French universities should they wish to do so.

French and other modern foreign languages are popular at Hampton Court House. Our aim is to equip each pupil with the linguistic skills that many will need later in their professional lives. In addition, the French department organises trips to France and a French Drama Gala every year. Through the study of literature, French films and music, we are aiming to infuse our pupils with the love of learning a foreign language as well as developing their awareness and understanding of different cultures.

“The limits of my language means the limit of my world.” Wittgenstein

Caroline GéhinBA MA PGCE
  • Year 8 Form Tutor


Related: Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance (CNED)

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New partnership with French language school LSF Montpellier

The French Department of Hampton Court House is delighted to announce a new partnership with the French Language school LSF, situated in Montpellier, France. LSF will welcome Hampton Court House pupils to their all-inclusive French vacation courses with teens from all over the world, promising an unforgettable... stay in the sunny south of France.

The holiday programmes include French lessons in the mornings, accommodation with a host family or in the LSF student residences, and a fully supervised activity & excursion programme in the afternoons and evenings.

Beyond the French classes, students will have plenty of things to see and do during their free time. LSF organises a wide range of social and cultural activities and excursions that allow students to discover the best sights in the region and explore French culture and the French way of life. 

More information on the various courses offered by LSF can be found here:

Hampton Court House pupils benefit from an exclusive 10% discount on LSF courses and a registration fee waiver (usually 80EUR). If you would like to find out more and register for your child for a course, please contact Emmanuelle at

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn and develop their French skills by full immersion in a safe and enriching environment and Hampton Court House is excited to continue developing this relationship with LSF.


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KS3 film trip to French Institute

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Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight-year old chess prodigy Fahim arrives in Paris with his father. Refused asylum as illegal immigrants, they... spiral downwards into homelessness and desperation. By a stroke of luck, Fahim is introduced to one of France’s top chess coaches, Sylvain, who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose – his struggles on the chessboard mirroring both his victories and his crushing defeats in his battle for a normal life. This new sense of ‘feeling for others’ defining the relationship between Fahim & Sylvain allows both of them to change life for the best in an unexpected way.

This movie was part of the “Refugee Week” held in the French Institute in June. It allowed us to have an interesting talk about refugees and the world we live in.

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Evelyne Brisou-Pellen has been an author since the early... 80’s. She started writing as she felt something was missing from the stories she was reading to her own children, and wanted stories to also be a way to discover a period in history and learn while reading. Evelyne’s novels are typically set in a documented historical context (she is passionate about history and her house is covered in books! She typically reads as much as she writes) and are targeted at pre-teens/teens, although some novels and books are accessible from a younger age, and many adults also read them. Writing her first major book in the mid 80’s and winning a major literary prize gave her the confidence to make this her career.

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Francophonie Day at HCH

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