Welcome to John Paul II Polish Supplementary School in Liverpool
Our Mission is to help raise young adults proud of their Polish Heritage, able to assert their role in the social and professional life in UK and who fully appreciate the richness and diversity of the cultures they are growing up in. Our School nurtures spiritual and moral values within our students, through regular R.E. lessons.
We are non-profit, charitable organization, with a constitution and all policies required by law. We work closely with the Polish Parish and other Polish, British and multicultural organizations, organising events, running workshops and cources and participating in festivals and projects.
The school objectives
- To advance education in Polish language, history, geography and Polish affairs for the public benefit;
- To promote Polish culture to broader public by participating in and organising cultural and social events aimed at integrating wider communities in Liverpool;
- To support existing and newly arrived Polish and bilingual children and their parents by providing them with the advice about British Education System, the Curriculum as well as other aspect of life in Britain.
We have been running successfully since 2005 and are vital and welcoming hub for the Polish community in Liverpool.
Here children meet to learn, play and discover the Polish language and traditions while their parents can seek advice about the British education system as well as other aspects of life in the UK, meet like-minded people and contribute through volunteering.
Establish in 2005, the School currently has 27 professional and passionate volunteers. With 190 pupils participating every week, strong family links and an established tie with the Polish Church and associated agencies, the School has gone from strength over the years.
Our pupils come from areas across the whole on North West.
The School provides education in the Polish language, literature, history, geography and RE for children and young people. We also currently offer Polish as a second language classes for adults.
Pupils express themselves through art, drama, music and dance. Over the years they have performed at numerous cultural events and festivals across Merseyside as well as school assemblies which celebrate the Polish traditions, history and festivals.
The School has been visited by various Polish theatres and musicians who performed and run workshops for the children. The pupils have also enjoyed circus arts workshops led by Liverpool’s own Bring The Fire Project.
The winners of the School’s increasingly popular Polish poetry competition travel to London to participate in an annual poetry extravaganza – the Festival of Polish Poetry for Children and Youth – Wierszowisko. We are also currently working on a project designed to improve the pupils’ skills both in Polish and English through the use of paintings by L.S. Lowry.
Festivals such as the Newsham Park Festival and the Midsummer Festivals and public workshops at the Liverpool World Museum have given the School an opportunity to engage with the community in art activities. We were also delighted to participate (and win trophies!) in the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
In the past the School participated in an annual gathering of Polish Saturday Schools from across the UK organised by the Polish Educational Society and hosted by Laxton Hall.
In recent years we have with taken part in the delightful Happy Child’s Day in Warrington, organised by the sister Warrington Polish Saturday School. The event is a mixture of sporting and cultural activities, arts and crafts as well as dancing and singing competitions where pupils can showcase their musical talents.
Children are achieving the school objectives and progress from nursery through Junior and onto the Senior School. They learn together and make an excellent progress which is reflected in their grades as well as an outstanding success at GCSE examinations. This is all achieved through the work of professional, competent and experienced volunteers who provide children with knowledge and inspiration.
The School has been awarded the British Academy Schools Language Award for two consecutive years and is now working towards the NRCSE Bronze Award.
Children are achieving school’s objectives. They learn and work well together and reflect on their own performance. This is all achieved with the help of professional, confident and experienced staff, who provide the pupils with knowledge and positive influences.
The school welcomes both Polish children recently arrived from Poland and bilingual learners born in UK.
We have all the necessary school policies required by law. All our teachers – volunteers are DBS (formerly CRB) checked.
We welcome all children age 3 – 16
The school runs from 10.30am – 2.50pm (including Polish folk and arts and crafts workshop).
As the school is run by volunteers, who work full time during the week – please contact us by email. You can also call the school number every day after 6.pm or leave the message during the day.
John Paul II Polish Supplementary School in Liverpool
St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School
Aviemore Rd, Liverpol L13 3BB
Mob: 077 9211 0391