The Collège and the Lycée International Victor Hugo in Colomiers

Our School – the Collège and the Lycée International Victor Hugo in Colomiers – is located in the suburbs of Toulouse. Colomiers has now become the second largest town in Haute-Garonne. It counts up to 30,000 inhabitants. Colomiers " terre d’envol " is a town where the sky’s not the limit because its development is linked to aeronautics activities. Daimler-Chrysler, British Aerospace, Aérospatiale and Siemens businesses are sited there. Visits of the assembly lines of Airbus can be organised on demand. All these businesses show evidence of the international character of the town. Moreover in Colomiers and in the surrouding villages numerous German and English families have settled down. This explains why we host a German School (DST, Deutsche Schule Toulouse) admitting German-speaking pupils and a British Section admitting English-speaking pupils.

The School is co-educational. In 2006-2007 there are 2168 day pupils, 225 French, British and German teachers, 70 members of the administrative body and maintenance staff.

The School occupies an attractive site of 22,000 m². An ordinary working day starts at 8 a.m. and finishes à 6 p.m. so about 1,780 meals are served everyday in two dining halls and one fast-food cafeteria.

Resource Centre

Teachers and students have access to a comprehensive collection of reference and teaching material in the Resource Centre (this place is called CDI, Centre d’Information et de Documentation). This Centre can seat 100 people and contains 13.800 documents in French, 818 in English, 250 in German. There is also a large and varied collection of newspapers, magazines, books, audio-visual aids, audio-cassettes, film slides, video tapes, cd-rom. There are also computers hooked to Internet.

The Collège

At the Collège, the pupils are offered extra-tuition in German and English from their 1st year (6e). They are taught 6 hours of German or English per week and in their 3rd year (4e) they get an extra hour in History and Geography taught in German or English.


The Lycée

At the Lycée, the School offers the choice between several options.

They can opt for the Technological option to take a Baccalauréat Technologique and then be admitted in Sections de Techniciens Supérieurs : MAI (Mécanique et Automatisme Industriel) or II (Informatique Industrielle).

Some of the students of the Technological Section took part in an international showroom organized by OFAJ. There students from France, Germany and the Czech Republic exhibited machines, electronic devices or robots the had designed and manufactured themselves to a large audience. The students in out Lycée exhibited a small robot called " Ornythorynx " which could be used for teaching Mathematics to Primary School children.

In our School the students are offered the choice between three main blocks of options : Literature, Science or Economics.


In our School the pupils can opt for German, English, or Spanish as a 1ST or 2nd language, Italian or Portuguese as a 3rd language.

In each block of options the students can decide to join the European Sections to get extra courses in German, English or Spanish.

The French pupils who take a particular interest in German are offered the possibility to take the French Baccalauréat and the German Baccalauréat (Abitur), at the same time.

They must join the Section called Abi-Bac.

The students can also take the Certificate of Attainment in English level 3 at the end of 3e and level 4 at the end ir 1e or Terminale. These exams organized by the University of London give the successful candidates the possibility to apply to a British University.

Links have been developed with schools in the neighbouring countries. Exchanges are organized each year in Spain with Caceres, in Germany with Göttingen and Bad Bergzabern, in Great Britain with the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

The partnership with the Royal Grammar School enables our students to gain practical experience of business : they have a week’s placement with a British company or institution.

These exchanges and work experience certainly help our students get a better understanding of European business and culture and will enhance their mobility within the European Union.

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