The British School Warsaw was established in 1992 by Iwona Thomas in partnership with Nord Anglia Education International. It opened its doors with a total of 35 students wishing to follow English Curriculum. Twenty five years on, we are proud to be educating over 1000 students from the international community in Warsaw. Nord Anglia Education now has international schools in cities around the world, including Budapest, Lausanne, Prague, Bratislava, Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai.
Twenty five years ago Warsaw was a very different place. It was an emerging market from a commercial and business point of view, but still a hardship posting for the Diplomatic corps. There were no supermarkets as we know them today, no shopping malls, no fast food outlets or bowling alleys. There were some cinemas, theatres , the Opera and Philharmonia. There were a few restaurants, mainly in the old town. Expatriate social life was vibrant and interesting, and generally exchanged at each other’s homes; particularly the culinary kind!
A rumour spread among the small expatriate community that a British school was opening in Mokotów. A few short months later Mrs Iwona Thomas founded The British School in Warsaw in partnership with Nord Anglia. This was to be the first school in the Nord Anglia family of 46 schools worldwide.
The numbers grew very quickly as word spread and more and more people wanted their children educated in the British system. The numbers of students continued to double annually. Every year there were improvements to the buildings and facilities. The school grew to occupy five sites in Mokotów at one point. In 2005, Mrs Thomas successfully acquired the present site on ulica Limanowskiego 15. Our school from Year 2 to Year 13 is now based here, whereas Nursery to year 1 continue to enjoy the Dąbrowskiego site. In 2016 we opened the state-of-the -art IB College buiding with a capacity for 300 IB students.
Over the years Warsaw has changed almost beyond recognition; it is a cosmopolitan city with entertainment suitable for everyone. Yet one essential element remains the same: the children who attend this school continue to experience each other’s languages and culture through an education based on the British system in a friendly and caring atmosphere. Our Alumni are scattered around the world and reminisce fondly of their time at The British School Warsaw through social network pages. Most are either studying or have graduated from the world’s top Universities.
We are very proud of our students and our 25 years of tradition and hope that The British School will continue to serve the community for many years to come.