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Hi there,

We are moving to st Nazaire soon and we need to find a primary school or our five year old daughter. My husband is French and his family have suggested a 'private' Catholic school as they think the classes are a bit smaller and she will get a little bit more attention. My husband has always spoken to her in French but she doesn't speak it. She has just finished reception in the U.K. And had a lovely experience. The private school fees at every low, I would like an international school but theres none nearby only in Nantes.

Does anyone have any recommendations of schools, public or private in the st Nazaire area or any advice generally on primary schools and what to look for/ consider?

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You can download the lists of private and state primary schools in St Nazaire here (from the webpage of the Académie de Nantes - the local education authority).
If you go private, there are 7 schools to choose from. If you decide on a state school, you enroll at the one closest to your home.
I have no experience of private schools.
I worked in, and sent my children to, state schools and never had any reason to complain.
Good luck, whatever your choice.
 

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You don't state what your objectives are,which would help to give advice.

If you want tolerance,elite family feeling,you might consider Diwan,especially for a child who is beginning to develop multi-language brain hardwiring.
 

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You don't state what your objectives are,which would help to give advice.

If you want tolerance,elite family feeling,you might consider Diwan,especially for a child who is beginning to develop multi-language brain hardwiring.
So, you mention Diwan but it's bilingual French/ Breton? My daughter speaks English? When you say hard wiring, what are you referring to and what do you mean?

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I am not a specialist but I think it has been proven that the old myth that said that children would get mixed up if bathed in different languages simultaneously,is completely wrong,and the opposite has been proved right: this actually enhances learning abilities.
On the psychological side,I would imagine that a school that is teaching in both french and breton is a good place for acceptance.

As general advice,but I am conscious that this is difficult even for people who have access to intelligence, "des filières occultes" exist. For example should you get to notice that sons and daughters of teachers are present as pupils in a given class,then get your child there by any means ...
 
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