Established in 2014, and recruiting our class teachers directly from Britain, we are a fully compliant member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and we are an approved Cambridge Assessment International Education provider. With specific exemptions from the Polish Educational authorities, BSW offers the best of British and International Education, built upon our core values of: courage, consideration, cooperation, nobility, and respect
British Primary School of Wilanow (BSW) is located in the newly developed residential area of the Wilanów district in Warsaw, right next to the Temple of Providence. It offers a preschool (starting at 2.5 years of age) and primary school, with the plan to launch a general high school to provide students up to the age of 18 the possibility of earning an international high school diploma. Right now, children in preschool and primary school come from many different countries, including Poland. Education is based on the British curriculum and guidelines of the Polish Ministry of National Education. BSW is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), and it fully implements the educational standards of this organization. It also undewent full accreditation which gave it the right to implement “Cambridge Assessment International Education” program ("Cambridge" in short). Learning is conducted mostly in English, with some Polish classes and foreign language classes. For students who don’t speak English well, the school provides intensive language courses and additional support during classes. BSW pays attention to charity work and community involvement.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Primary Curriculum: Traditional
Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Uczniowie najpierw zdobywają wiedzę podstawową i teoretyczną, aby później stosować ją w praktyce. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Secondary Curriculum: Academic
What BSW says: The British Primary School of Wilanow provides a holistic educational experience that surrounds our students with opportunities to learn both in the classroom and beyond. The enjoyment of learning, self-discipline and challenge are fundamental elements of a BSW education.
BSW has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
What BSW says: This information is not currently available.
BSW has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a "supportive" academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, that the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a "rigorous" academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
What BSW says: Sports and outdoor pursuits as opportunities to work with others, explore and push our own abilities and limits.
Exploration and guardianship of the environment in which we live.
Respect for ourselves and others as an important element of personal and community wellbeing.
What BSW says about their special need support: We are able to offer the services of our Psychologist as well as a Speech Therapist to help children who have specific learning needs to access the curriculum; however, we are currently only able to accept children whose learning needs are relatively mild, on a case-by-case basis.
EAL (English as an Additional Language) support is available both in the classroom and beyond.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
What BSW says about their tuition: Our Tuition Fees are published annually for Nursery to Year 9 (Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade1 to 8).
The full annual Fee Schedule is available on our school website or from the Admissions Officer.
British Primary School of Wilanow, Warsaw offers a new and exciting option for families in Warsaw and I trust this website gives you an insight into this young, vibrant international primary school.
Our school is known for its warm welcome, its family atmosphere, its small class sizes and individual attention. It also has a very strong reputation for academic rigour and excellence with a culture of respect, courtesy and good manners. Set on the edge of glorious countryside, yet still in the heart of fashionable Wilanow, the school campus is a modern one with ambitious plans and with the resources and space to grow and develop.
We want all students to become better people, in their learning, in their interaction with others and in their understanding of the world. Through this reflection we call on this community to act to make our school, our locality and the world a better place. Though the website is an excellent window into The British Primary School Wilanow, nothing can replace a personal visit and please contact us to arrange a tour.