Claremont in France
Claremont School is fortunate to own a well-equipped house in the beautiful town of Saint Omer, once the home of the award winning French painter and engraver, François Chifflart.
Situated in the Hauts-de-France region, only 40 minutes drive from the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles, Saint Omer is classified as a town of Art and History. Named after the monk who founded the town in 637AD, by the 13th century Saint Omer had become one of the most prosperous towns in the area.
A short walk from the house is the town centre where pupils explore endless aspects of the French life and culture at first hand. Pupils and staff are inspired by the wealth of opportunities the house, the town and the dynamic area has to offer across the seasons, from one year to another.
Claremont prep school pupils have opportunities to stay at la Maison Claremont in Year 5, 6 and 7 by spending three days of immersion into the French culture. Once returned to the UK, they remember vividly the fantastic time they had with their friends and share with parents the wonderful memories they had in Saint Omer.
10 top things pupils enjoy during their visits to la Maison Claremont:
- Going to the French market on Saturday
- Asking for “des pains au chocolat et des croissants” in la Boulangerie
- Ordering food and drinks in French in le Rialto or le Carré restaurants
- Playing Bowling or games in the house or a French DVD evening
- Buying souvenirs in the Decathlon sports shop and in the Auchan commercial centre
- Visiting Nausicaá, the sea life centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer
- Visiting Arc International, a world famous glass factory in Arques
- Playing in the Jardin Public and visiting la Cathèdrale in Saint Omer
- Talking to French pupils and visiting Collège Saint Bertin
- Visiting La Coupole, World War II bunker museum