The Collège de Normandie opened its doors in 1902. It was a private school for Catholic and Protestant pupils from the ages of 7 to 9 right through to the school-leaving examination. It was modelled on Harrow school in England. Modern languages were a prominent feature of the syllabus, and all pupils had to spend three months at a school in England. Education was an all-round affair, incorporating both formal teaching and the social aspects of life. There were no dormitories: around forty pupils lived in small houses, copies of those at Harrow, and named after trees: “Les Pommiers” (Apples), “Les Tilleuls” (Limes), etc.
See also a report on the creation of the Collège de Normandie, c 1900 (136 J 1).