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Château de Sauveterre Château de Sauveterre

A term of cultural and linguistic education in the South of France

Directeur’s Welcome


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Welcome to the Château de Sauveterre website, which I hope gives you a good idea of the opportunities presented by spending a term here with us.

Since 1990, the Château has been welcoming children to the Gers, close to Toulouse in the South of France, to spend a term immersed in French language and culture.

The school is set in beautiful forested grounds, where on a clear day you can see the snow peaked mountains of the Pyrenees, and the buildings themselves retain much of their original charm from having been a private home. The Château was acquired with all of its original furnishings and paintings, and simply walking down the corridor gives one a real flavour of being in an old French building.

A term at Sauveterre is often seen to be the highlight of a child’s education. We make the most of the climate here to be outdoors as much as possible. Progress in French is achieved through subject specific classes taught by a team of experienced and dedicated native teachers, all delivered in the target language. We get the children out into local villages and schools as often as we can, so that they can have those "authentic" interactions as much as possible. We also have one weekend each term, where we spend time with French children of the same age at a local activity centre. Outside the classroom, we have an excellent boarding staff who care for and look after the children’s needs. We also offer a wide variety of sports and activities, both traditional and unique to Sauveterre. My wife and I, along with our three children, live in the Chateau and Mme Bower oversees the pastoral and medical side of life here. Due to the location, nature and size of the school, we really can claim to be an extended family!

Being part of The Cothill Trust, a large proportion of our students come from schools within our group. However, Sauveterre takes students from all schools, and we have welcomed students from as far afield as Hong Kong, Dubai, Louisiana and Lusaka.

I feel incredibly proud to be in charge of such a unique school, and there is nothing more rewarding than to see the growth in stature, confidence and independence of the students that come here in the three months they are with us. Many develop a passion for French and learning languages, and past Sauveterrians have often gone on to study languages at University.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more, I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about our school.

Merci, et à bientôt,

Richard Bower