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Private schools with uniforms in Poland

Polish uniformed schools—now and in the past

In 2007, under the Act of the Education System in Poland, the Minister of National Education restored the obligation to wear uniforms at primary and junior high schools (the latter no longer exist as of 2019). On the other hand, in secondary schools, the obligatory school headmaster could, after consulting the parents' council, introduce the obligation for students to wear a uniform.  continue reading...

List of schools

School  ( = Featured ) Grades Type Languages / Type
3 The British School Warsaw

ul. Limanowskiego 15, Warszawa, 02-943
Nursery (2,5 years) to Gr. 12 Diploma programme
English National Curriculum
International Baccalaureate
English, Polish
Diploma programme
English National Curriculum
International Baccalaureate
1 Wrocław Cosmopolitan School

Fabryczna 14A, Wrocław, 53-609
Nursery (3 years) to Gr. 12 A levels
English National Curriculum
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
A levels
English National Curriculum
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
1 Niagara Christian Collegiate

2619 Niagara Pkwy, Fort Erie, L2A 5M4
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 English
1 Rothesay Netherwood School

40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, E2E 5H1
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
1 Warsaw Montessori Family

ul. Szwoleżerów 4, Warszawa, 00-464
Nursery (18 months) to Gr. 12 Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
English, Polish
Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
1 Trinity College School

55 Deblaquire Street North, Port Hope, L1A 4K7
Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 English
1 Robert Land Academy

6727 S Chippawa Road, Wellandport, L0R 2J0
Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 English
0 JAGIELLOŃCZYK Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa
Skalmierzycka 2a, Kalisz, 62-800
0 Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, M4V 2X8
0 Szkoły Sióstr Zmartwychwstanek im. bł. Siostry Alicji Kotowskiej
Krasińskiego 31, Warszawa, 01-784
0 Montessori BONA VENTURA
Broniewskiego 19, Szczecin, 71-460
0 Niepubliczna Szkoła Podstawowa „Piątka”
Piłsudskiego 54a, Olsztyn, 10-450
0 Szkoła Podstawowa Montessori w Rzeszowie
Konfederatów Barskich 40 B, Rzeszów, 35-321
0 Kolegium św. Stanisława Kostki Liceum Ogólnokształcące Niepubliczne
Bobrowiecka 9 (bud. A), Warszawa, 00-728
0 Heliantus Szkoła Podstawowa
Bażancia 16, Warszawa, 02-892
0 Międzynarodowa Szkoła Podstawowa w Zabrzu
6 plac Warszawski (Pientro II), Zabrze, 41-800
0 Collegium Gostynianum zespół szkół katolickich im. ks. Kazimierza
ul. Droga Męczenników Majdanka 27, Lublin, 20-325
0 The British International School of Wrocław
Al Akacjowa 10-12, Wrocław, 53-134
0 Szkoły Sióstr Felicjanek im. bł. M. Angeli Truszkowskiej
Azaliowa 10, Warszawa, 04-539
0 Poznań British International School
ul. Darzyborska 1a, Poznań, 61-303
0 Szkoły Stowarzyszenia Sternik
ul. Pożaryskiego 28, Warszawa, 04-703
0 Gdańska Szkoła Podstawowa „Lingwista” im. Zjednoczonej Europy
Św. Barbary 1, Gdańsk, 80-753
0 Szkoła Podstawowa Lokomotywa
Jana z Kolna 35, Sopot, 81-859
0 Katolicki Zespół Edukacyjny im. Ks. Piotra Skargi
Bema 73/75, Warszawa, 01-244
0 Pitagoras Niepubliczna Szkoła Podstawowa
Wiśniowa 26, Nadarzyn, 05-830
0 International School of Poznan
Edmunda Taczanowskiego 18, Pozna, 60-147
0 Szkoły św. Tomasza z Akwinu
Piotra Skargi 13, Józefów, 05-420
0 J. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, L3R 8H3
0 Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa SMYK
Powstańców Śląskich 3, Bielsko-Biała, 43-300
0 Branksome Hall
10 Elm Ave, Toronto, M4W 1N4
0 Pickering College
16945 Bayview Ave, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 4X2
0 Niepubliczna Anglojęzyczna Szkoła Podstawowa Oxford
Krakowska 30, Bielsko-Biała, 43-300

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After a few years, compulsory uniforms were abolished in most schools, and only a few schools in Poland decided to keep this tradition. School uniforms are mandatory in some private schools, including social, boarding, Catholic, and Montessori schools. That said, while some schools don’t pay attention to whether students wear uniforms, in others, they can’t enter without one.

Poland school uniforms in the past

The school uniform, both among parents and children themselves, is still very controversial today in Poland. However, looking at old photographs from the school years of our parents or grandparents with nostalgia and admiration, we look at the children dressed in school uniforms. Girls in skirts and navy blue blouses with a white collar or in sailor jackets, and boys in suits or pants and sweatshirts.

Often, the youth also wore identical hats. These outfits were assigned to a particular school and constituted an element of recognition. In a sense, it was a showcase of a school and an advertisement containing information about which school a child attends. For many schools, uniforms have become a tradition, an object of pride for students and parents of belonging to a school.

The crisis in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s brought with them unsightly materials such as "lining" and "synthetic fibers.” This brought more and more opposition to children's uniforms and dislike among children and parents—the hated and unpopular school uniforms.

They ceased to be distinguishing features of the school. In the 1990s, uniforms had all but disappeared from Poland, there was freedom of dress for students. In those years, for example, in Poznań, only the Ursulines proudly wore their sailor jackets.

Why was there an obligation to wear uniforms in Poland?

Introduced on the day the law was introduced in Poland in 2007, the obligation to wear uniforms in primary and junior high schools flared up in the media, on parents' forums and in school. It began to influence complaints to the Human Rights Defender, for help in protecting the freedoms and rights of students and parents violated by public authorities. The main argument is that the uniforms deprive the child of individuality.

Considering the pros and cons, the spokesperson said that the introduction of the rule to wear uniform attire is a constitutionally justified constraint, especially since its aim is to carry out an educational mission, despite its difficulty to implement in a situation of aggravated discipline crisis and increased aggression among students. In short, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Many parents see the benefits of wearing uniforms. It positively influences the leveling of visible material differences in the school clothes and helps to eliminate undesirable visitors to schools, e.g., drug dealers.

Does the uniform fulfill its role in present times?

What is the obligation to wear uniforms? In practice, the Act gives directors freedom to introduce this duty in their schools. Parents make their own decisions through discussions and referenda.

Psychologists joined the discussion on the basis of a series of studies that the uniform did not help to eliminate the drug problem at school, that it did not affect the increase attendance or improvement in children's learning outcomes. However, the uniform can inhibit the development of the child's individuality, which is created during puberty. Where it’s necessary for a child to confront their image, test their boundaries, and distinguish themselves from their peers.

The advantages of uniforms

Identifying with the same dressed peers helps you feel a part of your school. The uniform is also a challenge for individualists, forcing them to stand out in other fields, not necessarily in the selection of clothing.

In summary, school uniforms can now be found in various types of schools across Poland, mainly in private schools; however, this isn’t a popular solution, and there are no uniforms in most schools in Poland.

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