More about us
What is a Finnish School?
Finnish School of Kingston is part of a global network of
Finnish Schools. Finnish Schools worldwide are supported by
Suomikoulujen Tuki r.y.,
but we are an independent charitable organisation registered
in England and Wales (registration number 1076074).
Finnish schools provide teaching in the Finnish language,
support parents in speaking and teaching Finnish to their
children, promote the Finnish culture and customs, and provide
a social network for people of Finnish origin.
Finnish School of Kingston has been operating since 1997, and
holds 70-80 pupils on its roll. In addition we have a group for
adult learners, which is proving increasingly popular.
We receive an annual grant from The Finnish Ministry of Education
which covers most of our costs. We also raise funds by operating
a shop/cafe/library during school hours and by charging a membership
fee and termly fees from students. The government grant does not cover
adult students, so this group is self funding.
at Finnish School?
The youngest children (3years +) learn the Finnish language and culture
through play, music and art. We now focus on teaching Finnish as a second
language. Children aged six to seven years are introduced to
Year 1 material used at schools in Finland. Learning is still mainly
through games, play and other activities. At age eight children will
get introduced to Kulkurikoulu -
School of Distance Education (SDE) for Finnish Expatriate Children and
Youth All Over the World,
and they will be given the opportunity to
start taking examinations set by the Finnish Education Board.
Our school follows Finnish school traditions by holding a
Christmas Party and Spring Party at the end of each of the
two terms, where students give performances in Finnish. We
also have visiting artists performing music and drama.
more about us from the attached document (Word document in Finnish).
Report and Teaching Syllabus
Please click on the links below to
download our Operational Report and Teaching Syllabus - the documents
are in Word format.