Warsaw was a very different city when the school opened. Commercially, it was an emerging market, but was still seen as a hardship posting for the Diplomatic corps. There were no supermarkets as we know them today, nor shopping malls, fast food outlets or bowling alleys. There were some cinemas and theatres, as well as the Opera and Philharmonia. There were a few restaurants, mainly in the old town. However, expatriate social life was vibrant and interesting, generally taking place as dinners and parties at people’s homes.
The small expatriate community was very interested in news that a British school was opening in Mokotów. In partnership with Nord Anglia, Mrs Iwona Thomas founded our school, then known as The British School in Warsaw. It was to be the first school in Nord Anglia’s global family of schools.