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Frequently Asked Questions

Our friendly admissions team is here to help you and answer any questions you may have about our school and the admissions process. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

About the School

How old is the school?

The British School Warsaw first opened its doors in 1992 with a community of 35 students. Over 25 years on, we now host over 1200 students across two modern campuses.

What are your class sizes?

Our Nursery classes accommodate 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 ensure good behaviour and manners at The British School Warsaw?

We have a school culture that promotes respect for others, good manners and encourages self-expression and self-esteem. We actively reward our students for demonstrating these values and teach them during assemblies and in the classroom.

What do I need to know about the uniform?

Our school uniform is very important to us and our students are proud to wear it. 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.

Teaching and Learning Support

What qualifications do your teachers have? 

We only hire highly qualified teachers with several years’ experience. All teachers will have Qualified Teacher status, such as a degree in teaching or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the UK or an equivalent qualification from their country of origin. The majority of our teachers are native English speakers.

Do you have teaching assistants?

Yes, we have highly qualified teaching assistants (TAs) attached to our classes.

How do you support children with limited English?

We have an excellent English Language Support (ELS) programme to cater for children joining our school with little or no English. At The British School Warsaw, children learn English incredibly quickly thanks to the quality of our teachers and our engaging English-speaking environment.

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 targeted assistance for children that need additional help. Our learning support teaching team is made up of specialist teachers with experience in this area. If you believe that your child needs this type of support, please contact us with your child's requirements so we can determine if we can help.

What sort of a Polish programme do you have?

Polish is an integral part of our curriculum. All native Polish students study a curriculum based on the Polish Podstawa Programowa from Year 2 to Year 11 and will receive their end of year Polish certificates (Świadectwo).

For all non-Polish students, Polish is introduced as a foreign language from Year 1.

You can find more details of our programme here.

What other foreign languages do you offer at your school?

As an international school, we strongly believe in the importance of children learning the languages and cultures of other countries. From Year 4, all students begin to study another European language as an introduction to understanding different linguistic systems. In Years 4 and 5, students are introduced to three languages - French, German and Spanish. Classes rotate through the languages on a termly basis.

From Year 7, we offer French and German to continue our students’ learning from primary school. We reintroduce Spanish in Year 9. If you would like more information about our foreign language policy, please contact our admissions team.

We also support a First Language Programme for children to continue learning in their native language. To find out more about this unique programme in our school, please contact us.

Extra Curricular Activities

Do you have After School Activities?

All children from Nursery onwards can take part in our LEAP (Learning Enrichment Activity Programme). We offer a variety of activities that run every day of the week, both after school and during lunch hours. Our LEAP offering is refreshed from term to term and includes a wide variety of music, sports and creative activities. For most activities there is no extra charge; however, occasionally we bring in external parties to provide activities that are over and above our capabilities to offer within the school.

My child loves sports - will they be able to pursue them at The British School Warsaw?

We have specialist Physical Education (PE) teachers and all classes participate in two hours of PE a week. Our school has a wide variety of sports teams which compete against other schools in Warsaw. 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. Your child will have the opportunity to join school choirs, a jazz band and instrumental groups, and we offer lots of Music activities and clubs through our LEAP programme. We can also offer individual Music lessons with specialist teachers. Our Music curriculum is designed in collaboration with our The Juilliard School, a world leader in performing arts education. Further information about our Julliard Music and Dance programme can be found here.

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, a number of organisations use our school as a venue outside school hours. They hold a diverse range of activities at The British School Warsaw including football, gymnastics, martial arts, drama, pottery and chess.

What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students?

From Year 5 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 Campus activities. All classes also have a comprehensive programme of day trips to enhance students’ learning in the classroom.

How will The British School Warsaw ensure my child settles in quickly to their new school?

We are known for our warm welcome to new families joining our school. We provide lots of information about your child's class and school prior to your arrival and our students, and staff are ready to help your child thrive from their first day. We can also put you in touch with another family before your child starts here, and we always arrange a ‘buddy’ for our new children.

Success and Achievements

 

Where do your students move on to after they finish Year 13?

Many of our students go on to study subjects as diverse as Human, Social and Political Sciences, Physics, Geography, Engineering, Medicine, History and Economics at the some of the best 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. Some 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.

Parents

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 communicate with parents through a weekly email, weekly school newsletter via email, firefly, 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?

Our parents are valued members of our school community and we have a 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.