Our friendly Admissions Team is here to help you with any questions you may have about our school and the admissions process.
How old is the school?
The British School Warsaw first opened its doors in 1992 with a community of 35 students. Over 20 years on, we now host over 900 students across two campus.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
We hire only highly qualified teachers with several years’ experience. All teachers will have a Qualified Teacher Status such as a degree in teaching or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the UK or an equivilant qualification from their country of origin. The majority of our teachers are native English speakers.
Do you have Teaching Assistants?
We have highly qualified Teaching Assistants (TAs) attached to our classes.
What are your class sizes?
We plan our Nursery classes with a maximum of 16 students with a qualified teacher supported by one or two Assistants. From Reception to Year 6 Class sizes are 23.
How do you deal with children with limited English?
We have an excellent ELS (English Language Support) programme to cater for children arriving with little or no English. At The British School Warsaw, in our English-speaking environment, children learn English incredibly quickly.
Do you have provision for children with Special Education Needs?
As an inclusive school, we understand that not all children find it easy to learn. Our Learning Support department provides targetted assitance for children that need additional help. Our Learning Support teaching team is made up of specialist teachers with experience in this area. If you belive that your child needs this type of support, please contact us with your child's requirements so we can assess if we can help.
What sort of a Polish programme do you have?
All Native Polish Students from Year 2 to Year 11 will receive their end of year Polish certificates (Świadectwo).
For all non-Polish students, Polish is introduced as a foreign language from Year 1.
What other foreign languages do you offer at your school?
As an International school, we believe strongly in the importance of children learning about the language and culture of other countries. All students are introduced to another European language beginning in Year 4 as a taster course to understand different linguistic systems. In Years 4 and 5, students are introduced to 3 languages - French, German and Spanish. Classes rotate through the languages termly.
By Year 7, we offer French and German to continue of what our students have learned in the Primary school. We reintroduce Spanish in Year 9. If you would like more information about our foreign language policy, please submit an Admissions Enquiry.
We support a First Language Programme for children to continue learning in their native language. To find our more about this unique programme in our school, please contact us or look at the section on the website called "First Language Programme".
Do you have After School Activities?
All children from Nursery upwards can take part in our LEAP (Learning Enrichment Activity Programme). We offer a variety of activities that run every day of the week afterschool and in lunch hours. Our LEAP offering will change from term to term, and include a wide variety of music, sports and creative activities. For most activities there is no extra charge, however occasionally we bring in external contacts to provide activities that are over and above our capabilities within the school.
My child loves sports - will he be able to pursue them at The British School Warsaw?
We have specialist Physical Education (PE) teachers, and all classes have two hours of PE a week. Our school sports teams compete against other schools in Warsaw in a variety of sports. In addition, there are lots of opportunities to play different sports as part of our LEAP programme and through external groups outside of school.
What is your music programme like at The British School Warsaw?
Our children have one music class each week. From Year 2 upwards, these classes involve learning a musical instrument. We have school choirs, a Jazz Band and instrumental groups, and we have lots of music in our LEAP programme. We can also offer individual music lessons with specialist teachers.
Are there any other extra-curricular activities held at your school?
In addition to the wide range of clubs and activities offered by our staff, we have a number of outside organisations that use our school as a venue outside school hours. Activities held at The British School Warsaw include activities as diverse as football, gymnastics, pottery and chess.
What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students?
From Year 6 upwards, all students go on a residential trip within Poland each year. There are other opportunities for students to travel with the school, for example inter-school sports tournaments and Global Classroom activities. All classes have a comprehensive programme of day trips to enhance classroom learning.
How will The British School Warsaw ensure my child settles in quickly to their new school?
We are known for our warmth in welcoming new families to the school. We provide lots of information about the class and school prior to your arrival and are ready for you from your first day. We can put you in touch with a family before your child starts here, and we always arrange a ‘buddy’ for our new children.
How well do The British School Warsaw students do in their exams?
Our Year 6 children sit the UK SAT exams at the end of the school year. In 2013, we achieved our best Key Stage 2 SATs results to date. Our Level 5 results significantly exceeded the UK national average in both English and Mathematics.
Every year our IGCSE and IB results exceed world average. We are really proud of our academic results especially as we are a non exclusive school and we help others be the best they can be.
Where do your students move on to after they finish Year 13?
Our students go on to study subjects as diverse as Human, Social and Political Sciences, Physics, Geography, Engineering, Medicine, History and Economics at the top Universities around the world. Scotland has been a popular destination this year, with students opting for Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s and Glasgow Universities in particular. London remains the most popular destination, with several students taking up offers at University College London, Imperial College and City University. Students with ambitions to work in Drama and Media have chosen Bath Spa. Four students from our 2013 graduates have preferred to go as far afield as Canada and the USA while some have opted to stay in Poland and study at some of the top universities in Warsaw.
How do you ensure good behaviour and manners at The British School Warsaw
We have a school culture that promotes respect for others, good manners and promotes self-expression and self-esteem. We actively reward our students for demonstrating respect for others and teach these values at assemblies and in the classroom.
How do you communicate with parents?
We have excellent communication between the school and parents. In our early Years Centre and Primary school our teachers send a weekly e-mail to parents; every parent receives a weekly newsletter; termly reports and parent meetings throughout the year. In addition, our teachers are just an e-mail away!
What involvement do your parents have at The British School Warsaw?
We have wonderfully supportive network of parents who are involved in the school. We have a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) who meet regularly and who organise family events such as Fireworks Night, Christmas and Summer Fairs and the favourite annual Parents Quiz Night.
What do I need to know about the uniform?
Our school uniform is very important to us. It identifies students as belonging to our school. We expect students to wear the uniform during school hours, while travelling to and from school, and when engaged in school activities. We have a separate uniform for Primary and Secondary. For more information please visit our uniform page (see link below).
If you have any other questions that we have not answered above, please don't hesitate to Admissions & Visit Enquiry.