Attending an international school in Paris
Tom Couch was seven when his family moved to Paris for work reasons. He spent four years at the British School of Paris and looks back at his time there
n October 2008 I discovered I would be moving from Ross-on-Wye, a small town in Herefordshire, to Paris, the most glamorous city in Europe. I was just seven years old, almost too young to register the shock of such life-changing news. I remember my first question to my parents who were patiently waiting for my response: “Will I have to go to a French school?” I trembled nervously. To my relief, I was to attend the British School of Paris (BSP), an international school, home to pupils of over 50 different nationalities located in Croissy-sur-Seine, 14km from the centre of Paris.
I remember leaving, saying “au revoir” to a primary school of less than 80 pupils and “salut” to Paris, a city home to millions. It is fair to say that it was a rather nerveracking experience.
Before moving, we took a trip to Paris to look for a suitable place to rent. Out of the many properties we looked at, the most memorable was one with a slide of sorts leading from the top floor to the one below. Understandably, my brothers and I were desperate to stay there, but my parents thought differently. Eventually we settled on a house situated in Croissy-sur-Seine, the very place where my two brothers and I would be going to senior school.