Located in the center of France, in the South-Eastern department of Allier.


Located in the heart of the Auvergne region (central France) and in the “Allier” department, the technological and vocational High School Valery Larbaud opened in September 1999.

Within short distance of Vichy, an elegant city completely dedicated to well-being and a major centre for sport, in an outstanding natural, cultural and architectural environment, the technological and vocational High School offers a wide range of courses and programs around two main fields of activity:

Business and Catering :

Ø  Bac professionnel Métiers du Commerce et de la Vente (vocational degree in Business, equivalent to BTEC)

Ø  Mention Complémentaire Animation Gestion de projets sportifs (complementary certificate in Sport Projects Management)

Ø  CAP Production et Service en Restaurations, (vocational certificate in Catering, GCSE level)

Ø  Bac professionnel Cuisine, (vocational degree in Cooking, equivalent to BTEC)

Ø  Bac professionnel Commercialisation et Services en Restaurant (vocational degree in Restaurant Service, equivalent to BTEC)

Ø  Bac technologique Hôtellerie Restauration (technological degree in Hotel and Catering, equivalent to A Level)

Ø  BTS Hôtellerie Restauration (Higher Diploma in Catering, Culinary Arts and Service)

Ø  Mention Complémentaire Art de la Cuisine Allégée (complementary certificate in dietetic cooking)

Healthcare and Social Sciences, that includes healthcare studies, dietetics, ophthalmic dispensing, preparation to nursing school:

Ø  CAP Petite Enfance (vocational certificate in Child Care, GCSE level)

Ø  BAC Pro Accompagnement, Soins et Services à la personne (vocational degree, equivalent to BTEC in Healthcare and Social Service)

Ø  Bac Sciences et Techniques de la Santé et du Social (technological degree, equivalent to A Level in Healthcare and Social Studies)

Ø  BTS Diététique (Higher Diploma in Dietetics)

Ø  BAC Pro Optique lunetterie (vocational degree, equivalent to BTEC in Ophthalmic Dispensing)

Ø  BTS Opticien lunetier (Higher Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing)


The diversity of the educational structure offers to high-schoolers a map of the courses from the CAP (Vocational Certificate) to the BTS (Higher Diploma), with multiple branching gateways allowing students to choose either a diversified path or a more fluid one, suitable for anyone’s personal project or goals.

The school’s library (CDI) :

The school’s library allows up to 70 students to come and read or research information. It offers :

 A reading room for general and specialized documentation;

 A computer area;
 A mezzanine for individual work and reading;
 A room for group work and activities;
 A space for audiovisual documentation;
 Archives dedicated to archiving press.


Associative life and Sports have a large place in the high school, with :


Ø La Maison des Lycéens (High-schoolers’ House) which helps students exchange with one another and allows them to improve their autonomy by participating to the organization of parties (mostly for boarders), excursions, or even creating diverse clubs.


Ø L’Association Sportive (Sport association) that is very dynamic, which allows students to practice beside traditional activities, soccer, handball, volleyball, badminton… But it can also allow them to participate to important sport gatherings.

General information

The boarding school :

Boarders attend school from Monday 7:30 am to Friday 6:00 pm (the boarding school closes on week-ends).

Accommodation is provided in 3-bed rooms for under A-Level students.


School cafeteria :

The school cafeteria is open for lunch from 11 am to 1:00 pm and also for breakfast and dinner for boarders.


Opening hours :

The school is open from Monday 7:30 am to Friday 6:00 pm, occasionally Saturday 1:00pm.

On a typical school day, classes start at 8:00 am and finish at 6:00 pm with a 1hour lunch break.


Reception :

Families are welcomed by appointment.


Access :

The high school is within a 15mn walk from Vichy railway station and easily accessible by bus.