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The French House

The French House

Dear Friend of Francis Holland School,

Imagine a future time when the “polished corners” look back on their school days and compare notes about how many times they stayed at the French house, a home from home in a very different environment. My wish is for every FHS girl to feel at ease in an international setting, to broaden her linguistic horizons through everyday exchanges and enjoy a range of activities and learning experiences through the medium of French. The benefit will extend far beyond language learning – we have plans for residential art trips, maths camps, outdoor education adventure, poetry and creative writing workshops, history visits and geography field trips. The new study centre will benefit pupils across every aspect of Francis Holland School life.

Many schools already own a study centre in the UK or abroad. Let us be ambitious for our pupils and ensure that they do not miss out on facilities that many others might take for granted. We propose a property in the top corner of France, either within an hour of the coast or an hour of Lille and therefore accessible from London in just two hours. This will make the venue an attractive proposition for short stays as well as for longer visits. What is more, we will find a property which is already refurbished so that there will be no need to manage a building project remotely and so that we can press on to begin using it as soon as possible. It is my intention to have the first visits taking place in 2018! 

Pledges and donations of very nearly £250,000 have come in already as a result of the some individual conversations with parents. The Governors will release funding to make a purchase on the proviso that a wider fund-raising campaign next academic year matches the current total. I am grateful to those of you who have already pledged your support for this project as we begin our search for a property this summer.

If you are interested in hearing more about the French House project or are interested in making a donation please get in touch with Louise Richmond, Development Manager, who would be delighted to hear from you. Louise can be contacted via email development@fhst.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7824 5022.

I look forward to sharing more details of our proposed site and detailed plans with you all in the autumn.

Charles Fillingham
Headmaster

 

 

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