Information for parents about the Bristol-Bordeaux Student
Exchange Scheme 2013
This scheme has been running for more than 65 years providing the opportunity for many
young people from both cities to make friends and to interact fully with the French language,
daily life and culture.
The exchange is a family-to family exchange for secondary school students and works in
partnership with schools.
The English student spends 10 days with their partner in France and then has them back to
stay for10 days. This may include spending time at school together.
Students are supported by accompanying teachers who travel with the groups and stay in the
Dates for 2013
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Departures to Bordeaux 6/7 July to 16 /17 July
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Receive in Bristol/Bath 20 /21 July to 30 /31 July.
The price for 2013 is £395 to include return flight from Bristol to Bordeaux, travel insurance,
the services of the accompanying staff, administration, preparation and support from the
Student Exchange Office.
As well as the obvious linguistic benefits the exchange also widens horizons, encourages a
deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences as well as developing
independence, empathy and personal confidence.
The exchange benefits exam performance at both GCSE and AS/A2 students will often
choose to continue with their French studies after Year 13 and remain in contact with their
exchange partner for many years.
Students are very carefully matched and the aim is that they will make a friend and learn from
each other by remaining in contact throughout the exchange period and beyond. The students
share their day to day lives including going to school where the dates overlap with term time.
Safety and Child Protection
The exchange is supported by a Safety Management Plan, Child Protection Policy and full
A culture of safety is actively promoted in preparing for the exchange.
The closing date for the scheme is the 19th October 2012.
Completed forms with a photograph and a deposit cheque of £160 should be given to your
child’s French teacher by the 12 October.
The school will send it to the Student Exchange Office.
Cheques are to be made payable to ‘Académie Aquitaine CIC’
Applications for financial support may be made via school to the Bristol Bordeaux Association.
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