From Poland to England

How Polish schools are different to schools here

zanneta

I am Żaneta  and I am 16-years-old ( this year I’m going to be 17 year-old). I came to England a couple months ago. I’m in Year 10 and I want to show you the difference between English and Polish schools. Everything is different in Poland, breaks, lessons, uniforms, just everything. It’s not like in England.

In Poland students start school at different times every day. In Poland students start school at 6:30am – 11:45am.

Lessons are 45 minutes long. On one day there can be 5-8 lessons. Breaks are 5-15 minutes long with no lunch time.

Girls and Boys have PE together. My favourite subject is Art in Poland. We do only two paintings/drawings per year.

There are no uniforms in Polish schools and assessments are two in one week.

Students spend six years in primary school, three years in junior high school and three-four years in high school (but in Poland this is like college).

Polish students must buy notebooks and books on their own and spend a lot of money on this. In Poland calculators, iPads and phones are not allowed in lessons and exams.

If you use them you will be in BIG trouble. You must learn every day because you will get bad grades EVERYDAY if you didn’t.

The grades in Poland go from 1-6 and are like this:

1  REALLY BAD

1+

2-

2

2+

3-

3

3+

4-

4

4+

5-

5

5+

6-

6 BEST GRADE IN THIS COUNTRY

You must have a minimum of 15 grades after six months and at the end of the year because teachers add these 15+ grades together and calculate your grade for the end of the half year and end of the year.

You can pass to the next class if you have grades 3++ in every subject at the end of the year. If you have lower grades you must repeat the class. You can only repeat the class two times. If you have to do it three times, you will go into a lower class.

By Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10

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