- Is it compulsory to enrol my child at a Polish Language Saturday School?
No, the enrolment of a child at a Polish Language Saturday School is voluntary.
- Is the education at Polish Language Saturday Schools free? If not, what are the costs?
Polish Language Saturday Schools were established through the goodwill of the parents and the upkeep is via subscriptions and hence not free. Actual costs vary from school to school. On average, indicative costs are £100-£150 per term. There are usually discounts for additional children.
- Will my child be accepted by a school according to age? Will my child be in the same year as in English school?
Entrance criteria are set individually by each school. The age is not always the main criterion, but more frequently the level of understanding of the Polish language. Before being accepted into a particular year group or class, an assessment is made so that teaching can more accurately correspond with a child’s needs.
- Will Saturday Schools offer the same curriculum as in Poland?
Due to a limited number of hours (only a few hours per week), Polish Language Saturday Schools are not able to offer the same curriculum as in Poland, or even close to the same curriculum. It is also important to note that the level of understanding of the Polish language varies within each group and teachers do everything possible to adapt lesson plans to suit the needs of the entire group. For both reasons, it is not possible to offer the same curriculum as in Poland.
- Will my child receive a Polish end of year completion certificate?
No, Polish Language Saturday Schools do not issue Polish end of year completion certificates.
- Will a child enrolled at a Polish Saturday School get a Polish student card?
The Parliament of Poland passed a bill coming into force on the 21st of April 2017 that entitles students of Polish schools abroad (and their teachers) to a Polish student card. Student cards will be issued by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland that corresponds to the schools’ location. You can find more info (in Polish) on the websites of the Polish Embassy in London (for schools based in selected shires of southern England), the Polish Consulate in Manchester (for schools based in selected shires of northern England and Wales), and the Polish Consulate in Edinburgh (for schools based in Scotland and Northern Ireland).
A good alternative to a Polish student card is the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) which is a valid document confirming the student status throughout the world. It is available to all students over the age of 12. It gives a variety of benefits and depending on the variant of the card – insurance. Together with a government-issued ID, it also entitles to fare discounts on the majority of Polish public transport. All the information about the card and how to get in the UK can be found here (and in Poland – here).
- Will Polish Language Saturday School end of year completion certificates be accepted in Poland when we return?
No, these certificates are certificates of completion within a supplementary school and are not equivalent to certificates issued by schools in Poland. However, the fact that a child has attended an overseas supplementary Polish Language School will undoubtedly have an influence on the ability of the child to continue their education in school in Poland.
- Are there schools in England which offer activities in Polish more than once per week?
The only such school that we are aware of is the Educational Centre at the Polish Embassy in London. This school is run differently to the Polish Language Saturday Schools registered with the Polish Educational Society. For further information, please contact the school directly.
- Are GCSE and A Level examinations equivalent to high school and matriculation examinations in Poland?
No, GCSE and A Level exams are only recognised within the English education system. Their specification is different to corresponding exams in Poland, mainly because the Polish language in England is taught and indeed examined as a foreign language. The curriculum is therefore completely different.
- Do Polish Language Saturday Schools have nursery and pre-school classes?
This varies from school to school – some offer nursery and pre-school classes, some do not. For further information, please contact the school directly.
- There is no Polish Language Saturday School in my area – what can I do?
If there is no Polish Language Saturday School in your area, you can consider establishing a new school. For further information, please click here
- I have concerns about the school arrangements and procedures attended by my child – what should I do? How can I raise my concerns?
Polish supplementary schools are independent community organisations. In case of any concerns or complaints refer to the school’s internal regulations and its grievance procedures. Contact the head teacher or school’s administrator directly to obtain more information how to make complaints and appeal. Check the internal regulations provided.
We strongly advise to book an appointment with the head teacher and discuss the issue of concerns. The discussion can resolve problems and help find the best solution for your child. The head teacher has a duty to advise how to raise concerns, make complains or appeal and what are the internal regulations and grievance procedures.
In case of concerns about a children’s safety and welfare please contact local authorities. The Polish Educational Society does not fulfill the role of a regulator of Polish supplementary schools. Therefore the PES does not intervene in cases of the internal disputes and conflicts.