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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. 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...


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

ul. Limanowskiego 15, Warsaw, 02-943
Nursery (2,5 years) to Gr. 12 English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
International Baccalaureate
English, French, German, Polish, Spanish
English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
International Baccalaureate
1 Wrocław Cosmopolitan School

Fabryczna 14A, Wrocław, 53-609
Nursery (3 years) to Gr. 12 A levels
English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
English
A levels
English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Reggio Emilia
1 Rothesay Netherwood School

40 College Hill Road, Rothesay, E2E 5H1
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
English
Diploma programme
International Baccalaureate
1 Academy International

Karolkowa 49, Warszawa, 01-203
Gr. 1 to Gr. 8 Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN) English, Polish
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
1 Polish British Academy of Warsaw

Wiertnicza 75, Warszawa, 02-952
PS/Kindergarten (2,5 years) to Gr. 8 English National Curriculum English, French, Polish, Spanish
English National Curriculum
1 British International School of the University of Łódź

Fabryczna 4, Łódź, 90-325
Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 Diploma programme
English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
English, Polish, Spanish
Diploma programme
English National Curriculum
GCSE / iGCSE
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
1 IPS

Drukarska 52, Wrocław, 53-312
PS/Kindergarten (3 years) to Gr. 8 English National Curriculum
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Primary years programme
English, Polish
English National Curriculum
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Primary years programme
1 Canadian School of Warsaw

7 Bełska Street, Warszawa, 02-638
PS/Kindergarten (2,5 years) to Gr. 8 International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Primary years programme
English, French, Polish
International Baccalaureate
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Primary years programme
1 Pro Futuro

Przyszłości 4, Blizne Łaszczyńskiego, 05-082
Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN) English, Polish
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
1 British Primary School of Wilanow

Hlonda 12, Warszawa, 02-972
Nursery (3 years) to Gr. 9 English National Curriculum English, Polish
English National Curriculum
1 Warsaw Montessori School/Casa dei Bambini

ul. Szwoleżerów 4, Warszawa, 00-464
Nursery (18 months) to Gr. 12 Montessori
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
English, Polish
Montessori
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
1 International Trilingual School of Warsaw

ul. Alfreda Nobla 16, Warszawa, 03-930
Nursery (12 months) to Gr. 8 American Curriculum
English National Curriculum
French National Curriculum
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Polish, Spanish
American Curriculum
English National Curriculum
French National Curriculum
Polish Curriculum (Ministry of National Eduction, MEN)
1 Niagara Christian Collegiate

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

Jagielska 2, Warszawa, 02-886
PS/Kindergarten (6 years) to Gr. 8 Canadian Curriculum English, Polish
Canadian Curriculum
0 Katolicki Zespół Edukacyjny im. Ks. Piotra Skargi
Bema 73/75, Warszawa, 01-244
0 J. Addison School
2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, L3R 8H3
0 Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa SMYK
Powstańców Śląskich 3, Bielsko-Biała, 43-300
0 Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa Belward
ul. Niedziałkowskiego 18, Poznań, 61-578
0 Pickering College
16945 Bayview Ave, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 4X2
0 Szkoła Podstawowa Lokomotywa
Jana z Kolna 35, Sopot, 81-859
0 Pitagoras Niepubliczna Szkoła Podstawowa
Wiśniowa 26, Nadarzyn, 05-830
0 Szkoły Stowarzyszenia Sternik
ul. Pożaryskiego 28, Warszawa, 04-703
0 International School of Poznan
Edmunda Taczanowskiego 18, Pozna, 60-147
0 Międzynarodowa Szkoła Podstawowa w Zabrzu
6 plac Warszawski (Pientro II), Zabrze, 41-800
0 JAGIELLOŃCZYK Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa
Skalmierzycka 2a, Kalisz, 62-800
0 Gdańska Szkoła Podstawowa „Lingwista” im. Zjednoczonej Europy
Św. Barbary 1, Gdańsk, 80-753
0 Montessori BONA VENTURA
Broniewskiego 19, Szczecin, 71-460
0 Towarzystwo Edukacyjne Vizja
Piekarnicza 16B, Gdańsk, 80
0 Szkoła jak Dom - Prywatna Szkoła Podstawowa
Wincentego Witosa 23, Katowice, 40-832
0 Szkoły Sióstr Nazaretanek
Czerniakowska 137, Warzawa, 00-720
0 Szkoły Sióstr Zmartwychwstanek im. bł. Siostry Alicji Kotowskiej
Krasińskiego 31, Warszawa, 01-784
0 Szkoły św. Tomasza z Akwinu
Piotra Skargi 13, Józefów, 05-420
0 Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, M4V 2X8
0 Niepubliczna Szkoła Podstawowa „Piątka”
Piłsudskiego 54a, Olsztyn, 10-450
0 Niepubliczna Anglojęzyczna Szkoła Podstawowa Oxford
Krakowska 30, Bielsko-Biała, 43-300
0 Branksome Hall
10 Elm Ave, Toronto, M4W 1N4
0 Heliantus Szkoła Podstawowa
Bażancia 16, Warszawa, 02-892
0 Poznań British International School
ul. Darzyborska 1a, Poznań, 61-303
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 Niepubliczna Szkoła Podstawowa im. Samuela Bogumiła Lindego
Jana Rosoła 10, Warszawa, 02-786
0 The British International School of Wrocław
Al Akacjowa 10-12, Wrocław, 53-134
0 Collegium Gostynianum zespół szkół katolickich im. ks. Kazimierza
ul. Droga Męczenników Majdanka 27, Lublin, 20-325
0 Szkoły Sióstr Felicjanek im. bł. M. Angeli Truszkowskiej
Azaliowa 10, Warszawa, 04-539

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After a few years, compulsory uniform costumes, colloquially called “uniforms,” were abolished in most schools, and only a few schools in Poland decided to keep this tradition. School uniforms are valid in most 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

It's difficult today to feel pride in this fact, but 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 non-public schools, e.g., in schools in Warsaw and in the surrounding areas or other Polish cities such as Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Rzeszów. This applies to institutions at all levels of education—primary schools, junior high schools, high schools, and sometimes even kindergartens. However, this isn’t a popular solution, and there are no uniforms in most schools in Poland.

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