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Welcome to Mougins British International School

A warm welcome from the Head of School

James Wellings Head of School in Mougins British International School

Welcome to Mougins School! The school is a very special place to learn and a very special place to work. I am privileged to be the Head of School here. We are located near the beautiful hilltop village of Mougins on the Côte d’Azur in the south of France. We are also part of the Sophia Antipolis technology park and surrounded by some of the leading and most innovative companies in France. This provides a setting that is beautifully balanced between the natural world and the best of human innovation.

We have just over 500 wonderful students on campus aged from 3 to 18 and are happy to serve both the local and expatriate community here in Mougins. With over 40 nationalities making up our student population we are a British inspired school with a truly international feel. This combination of our location and our community makes our school a very special place to be.

As the Head of School I believe we have a responsibility to ensure that all of our students can enrich their lives through a wide range of activities and programs that allow them to find their passions. We are values-driven with a focus on student achievement, in whatever form that takes. Education is a journey and learning is a nonlinear process so through effort, perseverance and the embracing of challenges our learners will go on to positively shape the lives of themselves, others and the world around them.

I hope you will come on that journey with us.

James Wellings,
Head of School

Thoughts from the Head

The Learning Curve
  • Thoughts from the Head
James Wellings

Welcome to the Learning Curve,


A fairly short post from me today but it’s on an important topic. Homework! 

Homework or Home Learning is always one of the more controversial discussion points in education. It tends to bring out very strong opinions and a wide spectrum of them! There are those that believe it’s the sign of rigour and academic quality. An essential element of education. There are also those that detest  it. Believing it to be an imposition on the family home and the wellbeing of children. 

As with most things in life the answer will be somewhere in the middle. There is research on home learning that does indicate that it has value. However, not all home learning is equal. As you will see from the guidelines below the evidence for its benefit tends to get stronger as children get older. It’s also the case that certain tasks are much better than others. Short, recall tasks that consolidate learning are often the most effective. Prep or application tasks come a close second. There is very little evidence that extended research tasks or projects add much value (although can, in individual cases, drive passion and interest). 

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new page on our website dedicated to home learning guidelines. This resource, available on the Parent Room, has been meticulously crafted based on thorough consideration and research. Aligned with the school's learning principles, these guidelines strike the ideal balance between home and school life. The link to this valuable resource has been shared exclusively with our current parents. Visit the Parent Room to explore and benefit from these thoughtfully curated guidelines.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

James Wellings,
Head of School

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