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Château de la Baudonnière


Description

Welcome to Château de la Baudonnière, a truly immersive French language learning centre in Normandy, accommodating students all over the UK. Our approach to French language immersion is uniquely successful thanks to our team of native French-speaking “Animateurs”.

The philosophy behind our week-long programme is using practical spoken French to convey meaning in real life situations. As one of our party leaders said; "The classroom situation is always artificial to some degree. Here my pupils know that when they want something, they have to ask for it in French, [and] they do it!"

Our friendly and supportive Animateurs create a learning environment where students are comfortable making mistakes and are encouraged to challenge themselves. At the end of the week, students will leave the Château with a newfound confidence and willingness to speak French after seeing dramatic improvements in their ability. The fun experiences students share in France inspire real educational outcomes back in the classroom.


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.8
22 reviews


Excellent
 
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Very Good
 
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(February 2020 - Secondary - Post No: 19921 )




The Chateau welcomed us and looked after us incredibly well as usual. I absolutely cannot fault them in the enthusiastic delivery and thoughtfulness of the activities and the travel and excursions ran very smoothly. (October 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 17015 )




Excellent value and organisation. Programme was very well thought out, children were busy the whole time and the pitching of the French was very good indeed. Great staff, very good and plentiful food, highly recommended. (October 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 16395 )




Beautiful grounds, helpful staff and nice staff. Some of the activities a little slow. (September 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 15812 )




(September 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 15748 )




a superb well organised trip with a good variety of activities for the students, all explained in French by the group leaders. This was a total immersion experience and the students used and heard an impressive amount of French. (July 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 15271 )




Another very successful visit. Excellent staff, facilities and activities. (July 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 14636 )




The trip was very successful. The activities were well organised and appropriate. Transport was good. Accommodation was excellent, having the Villa to ourselves is always very useful. The staff at the Villa were excellent. Food was good - lots of French cuisine, which was nice, however some of the children did not enjoy it so ended up just eating lots of bread. Vegetarian option was adequate. (July 2019 - Primary - Post No: 14255 )




A fantastic week where girls were encouraged to speak and understand French at every opportunity, and they really got on board with the ethos of the centre. The Chateau and grounds are beautiful and offered a great place for girls to become more independent in a safe and secure setting. (May 2019 - Primary - Post No: 12246 )




(April 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 11112 )




Excellent care from staff. Facilities and activities excellent. A true language immersion experience (March 2019 - Secondary - Post No: 10025 )




(February 2019 - Primary - Post No: 9364 )




(November 2018 - Secondary - Post No: 7694 )




(October 2018 - Primary - Post No: 6901 )




A very well organised, immersive experience. The staff know what they are doing and engage pupils in the activities very well. Excellent choice of excursions. (October 2018 - Secondary - Post No: 6844 )




aff were amazing - the layout and the activities were great - the food fantastic - the centre generally catered for younger pupils but they adapted and were generally accomodating to our older pupils - including being flexible when we wanted to change certain evening activities. It would have been good to have a free time area just for our group rather than themhaving to go back to dorms at 9.30, Kate barrell (October 2018 - Secondary - Post No: 6540 )




A super trip with excellent language outcomes for pupils. Total immersion experience, with French used throughout visit, combined with some great outdoor adventure style activities. Pupils had great time, learned a lot and experienced French cuisine and culture. Staff were all professional and helpful- a really well organised trip. (July 2018 - Secondary - Post No: 5714 )




Another wonderful visit to Normandy. The Chateau company were very helpful and the itinerary for the week worked well. Having the Villa to ourselves was integral to the success of the trip. The only downside was getting delayed at Folkestone for the Eurotunnel, but nothing you can do about that. (July 2018 - Primary - Post No: 5619 )




Great centre, not only for improving love of French language, but also for team building. (June 2018 - Primary - Post No: 4586 )




Great trip. Great sporting activities. Great team building activities. Staff only speak in French; which is very beneficial for the students. Students really enjoyed themselves. This is in my mind the best trip that NBH offers to children at this school. It brings them together in so many ways, all children on this trip have a chance to shine! (June 2018 - Post No: 4189 )




The staff (instructors) on site were great and very helpful. The activities were very well organised, very safe and they were ran strictly in French. The instructors conveyed instructions and information about the programme of the week in the target language and the girls were able to understand them. The instructors also encouraged the use of French by the pupils during activities and meal times. Therefore the girls developed their confidence when using French and also enriched their vocabulary. (June 2018 - Primary - Post No: 3853 )




(March 2018 - Secondary - Post No: 1856 )




Description

Welcome to Château de la Baudonnière, a truly immersive French language learning centre in Normandy, accommodating students all over the UK. Our approach to French language immersion is uniquely successful thanks to our team of native French-speaking “Animateurs”.

The philosophy behind our week-long programme is using practical spoken French to convey meaning in real life situations. As one of our party leaders said; "The classroom situation is always artificial to some degree. Here my pupils know that when they want something, they have to ask for it in French, [and] they do it!"

Our friendly and supportive Animateurs create a learning environment where students are comfortable making mistakes and are encouraged to challenge themselves. At the end of the week, students will leave the Château with a newfound confidence and willingness to speak French after seeing dramatic improvements in their ability. The fun experiences students share in France inspire real educational outcomes back in the classroom.