Welcome from the Head of School

I am delighted to welcome you to the International School of Béarn’s web site. I founded ISB in May 2002 as a non-profit institution to provide an excellent international education for children of the community of Pau and its surrounding areas.


ISB has quickly become renowned throughout Pau as the only school offering an Anglophone education for the international community of Béarn. It is also known as a school children enjoy coming to and learning in. Everybody associated with the school is very pleased by this. We know the excellence in educational quality which our school offers lies in well-motivated children in small class sizes supported by an extremely professional and caring teaching staff who work closely as a team.

We currently offer classes from Early Years (age 2 ½) through to grade 13 (age 18). The majority of the curriculum studied is based upon the English National Curriculum adapted to an international environment. French as a foreign language is focused on basic oral comprehension and communication. For French mother tongue children the content of the lessons is based on the national programme for French schools (French lessons start from age 4).

More than seventy percent of our pupils come from English – speaking families, but many nationalities are represented and all are welcome. Family involvement in the school is encouraged and there is an active PTA association. We realise that parents often do not have any choice in the timing of their relocation and we welcome children in school at any stage in the school year, not only at the start of a term.

If you would like more detailed information about ISB, please send us an email (contact@isbearn.com). Please feel free to have a look at our school. My staff and I look forward to meeting you and your family.

Yours faithfully

Maria Elias
Head of School

N.B. Notre site Internet est en anglais. Cependant n’hésitez pas à m’envoyer un email et je vous enverrai des informations détaillées en français.

Maria Elias
Head of School

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