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That's what I assumed - that it would be very difficult to move from the French to the UK system with only a Brevet. We therefore need to think very carefully about whether we continue with the French system after age 14.

Thanks again.

06 Apr 2010, 18:13

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Depending on when your child's birthday is, bear in mind that he/she may go into the year below in the UK. That's what happened with my children who are September/December birthdays.

My son would be taking the Brevet this year in France but if we decided to leave France at the end of this academic year, because of his birthday he'd go into Year 10, not Year 11 and would therefore be able to start at the beginning of the GCSE course.

Personally, I don't think the Brevet would be adequate preparation for A Levels in the UK, except in French of course!

10 Apr 2010, 16:34

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Rivercottage - I agree with you that it depends on the birthday.
Just to hijack this post slightly and get advice from those who have made salient comments earlier.
My daughter has a September birthday and is currently in 5é. When the Brevet is finished in 2012 she will still be 14 and able to go into year 10 in the UK. We have considered taking two years out for her to get GCSE's and then allow her to decide whether to do A levels or come back to France and do the Bac. This decision is based not just on her educational needs but also because I want to do some work in the UK and live there for a short while. My questions are has anyone done this and if she decides to come back to France and do the Bac can she defer a place at Lycee (presuming she gets one) - she has been in the french system seven years and is academic, so my concerns are on protocol on taking up a place two years later than normal.

10 Apr 2010, 19:33

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You perhaps also ought to consider how your daughter will feel being placed in a class where most of the children will be younger than her. Also, the GCSE syllabus is different so she would be doing some new work but as she's acadmic she may well find the work rather boring since she's effectively redoubling.

The social aspect of school is often overlooked, my youngest, September born, loathed being in a class with what she called "babies" and was thrilled to be effectively moved up a year when we came here. She's always gravitated towards those who are older and I think would have been devestated if she'd been told she had to go back to being in a class with younger children.

11 Apr 2010, 11:35

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Mine were completely the opposite. I have September and December babies, both loved being the oldest in their years. In France they were among the youngest, in the case of my oldest, the youngest in the entire school when he started at college. He hated it, especially as he was pushing 6 foot by the time he went. In France, with redoubling, the youngest had several children who were 2-3 years younger than him.

Age doesn't necessarily mean maturity either.

12 Apr 2010, 13:14

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I agree Rivercottage - my daughter definately preferred being the eldest when in infant school. At present she is one of the youngest in her class and misses out on some of those things that her older friends can do vis a vis joining youth clubs, taking up a work experience placement and of course getting a scooter!!
Thanks for all your feedback. If you were able to do two years GCSE on top of the Brevet would you?

12 Apr 2010, 17:40

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Yes, I think I would but only if I had no choice. My preference would be GCSEs.

16 Apr 2010, 00:34
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