Submitted by: Anna Blaszczak
A few weeks ago the results of the Polish language GCSE results were published. It was the first time pupils from the Polish School, Walthamstow, took them – with outstanding results! Even though, the children entered the GCSE exams early, every student from the school achieved an overall grade of A. This is a huge success not only for the pupils but for the whole school and community.
The School, which opened its doors in September 2011, provides its pupils with a high quality education in a warm and friendly, family atmosphere. The caring ethos, which permeates all aspects of school life, promotes pupils’ personal development well and ensures they feel safe, secure and valued as individuals.
With more than half a million people in Britain speaking Polish and an increasing number of Poles living in London and especially in Waltham Forest Borough, there is a growing demand for community language schools. Polish parents feel it is important that their children learn to speak their mother tongue and learn about Polish history, geography and culture.
The School aims to promote Polish culture and values in the Borough and supports tolerance and integration within the wider community. For this reason it works in partnership with the Polish Education Society, the Polish Embassy, the local Parish, community organisations, businesses, schools and local councilors. It also organises assemblies and events to encourage parents and pupils to meet new people and integrate with other families and community.
The School provides education primarily to children from Polish families but is welcoming young learners from every background. Teaching and learning is based on the National Curriculum for Polish Supplementary Schools. Currently the aim of the school is to provide high quality teaching for children starting their education at the age of 3 and then continue through smooth progression from a play-based learning approach to more structured lessons, leading all the way up to their GCSE exams. All lessons take place on Saturday mornings in Coppermill Primary School in Edward Road.