Orne Council is responsible for collèges (secondary schools), while the village and town councils run primary schools and the Regional Council is in charge of lycées (colleges providing the final three years of secondary education). The Orne aims to provide secondary school students and their teachers with the best possible working conditions, designed to meet the educational requirements of the world today. As such, it builds, maintains, renovates and ensures the running of the 31 public secondary schools in the Orne (there are 44 secondary schools in all in the department).

Varied curriculums 

The Orne strives to provide all students with a programme of study suited to their individual situation and objectives and as close to home as possible. As a result, secondary schools in the department offer a number of special courses, such as

  • sport
  • Classe à Horaires Aménagés Musique (CHAM) - music courses with specific timetables
  • European or bilingual courses
  • technology courses
  • the Sections d’Enseignement Général Professionnel et Adapté (SEGPA) – special general and professional education courses for students with learning difficulties)
  • the Unités Localisées pour l'Intégration Scolaire (ULIS) – special teaching units within the school for disabled children.

Use of new technologies in schools

Orne Council has made IT a major priority in secondary schools. The Orne is one of the leading French departments when it comes to computer equipment, with just over 3.31 students per workstation (national average: 5.6 students per workstation). Secondary schools are now also being equipped with interactive whiteboards.

At the same time, the council is considering how to set up an Espace Numérique de Travail (ENT) – digital workspace for schools, bringing together primary schools, secondary schools and colleges along with other Lower Normandy public organisations. It is also looking into the use of the “electronic schoolbag”. Three secondary schools in the department are already experimenting with the services of the future ENT. The council also helps to fund information technology in private schools that have a contract with the State.

A specialised University campus

Orne Council does all it can to keep its young people in the department and to attract others from outside. As such, it is actively involved in the life and the expansion of the University campus at Alençon-Damigny. Its aim is to offer original, high-quality higher education, setting young people from the Orne up for a successful career. The campus is home to the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT)– university technology institute, the Institut Supérieur de Formation (ISF) – higher training institute, the Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d'Alençon (ISPA) – the Alençon higher institute for plastics, the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres (IUFM) – teacher training college, along with a law faculty and a faculty offering vocational degrees (the notary professions and careers in local administration). In the rest of the Orne, there are 24 higher education establishments with some 4,000 students, providing training courses in every professional sector. This figure is constantly rising – which is highly positive for future demographics in the department.

A higher education forum is held every year to promote all the training possibilities on offer in the Orne. The council is keen to guide young people into higher education (on either traditional or sandwich courses) and set them up with the best possible qualifications, ready to join the labour market.