Czech School in the UK
Currently there is no official Czech School providing compulsory education for Czech pupils in the UK. However Czech School without Borders, London, and Czech School in Manchester run Saturday Supplementary Czech Schools providing support to pupils and their parents and assisting them with optional yearly exams.
ACTIVITIES FOR CZECH CHILDREN LIVING IN THE UK
CZECH SCHOOL WITHOUT BORDERS, LONDON
The Czech School without Borders, London is a charitable organization / an initiative aiming to develop and advance Czech language abilities and awareness of Czech culture of Czech speaking children living in the UK, and provide support to their families. It consists of Kids’Art Club for preschool children and Czech School for school-aged children. For more information go to www.czechschool.org.uk.
CZECH AND SLOVAK MUMS FROM CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND SUFFOLK
A group of Czech and Slovak mums living in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, who meet every month, sometimes with children, sometimes without, and chat about everything and anything. New members are always welcome. Contact Jana on firstname.lastname@example.org, or mobile phone 07984 551768.
CZECH SCHOOL MANCHESTER
A school for Czech and Czech-English children run by the parents for their children. A voluntary charitable association aiming to promote Czech language, traditions and culture to children growing up in the North West of England.
CZECH SCHOOL IN MANCHESTER
Czech School in Manchester offers regular joint activities for parents with young children (kindergarden age) from Czech, Slovak and multilingual families, and fun Czech classes for schoolchildren. The school has been active since February 2011, serving children from 1 year to 11 years. All teachers are qualified teachers or interns from faculties of Education in the Czech Republic.
The school also offers Czech language courses for foreigners.
The school is currently focused on support and assistance to expatriate families in Manchester. Contact and more information can be found at www.czechwells.com/en.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LONDON
Private school offering Czech language classes for children aged 3 - 18 years, and an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. For more information contact the school on email@example.com or on telephone number +44 (0)208 992 5823, alternatively visit their website www.isllondon.org
Okenko is a voluntary non-profit organisation that aims to promote Czech culture and traditions in South London. We offer: Saturday Czech school for children from 6 to 14 years, Czech and Slovak groups for children from birth to 6 years, including folk dancing, Wednesday playgroup for Czech and Slovak families, one-off events (Easter, Children's Day, Seaside trips, St. Nicholas' celebration), and activities for parents ( Book club, Theatre group). For more details about activities or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please see www.okenko.co.uk or contact us on tel.: 0790 386 7883 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CZECH SCHOOL EXETER
Meetings of Czechs and Slovaks in Exeter: http://www.czech-school-exeter.co.uk/cesko-slovenske-srazy/
CZECH CLUB BIRMINGHAM
Community interest company with main aim to promote Czech culture and language in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
In September 2013, Czech Club Birmingham are opening a school (Klubko) for children aged 6+ and a nursery (Klubicko) for children aged 3-6.
CZECH COMPULSORY EDUCATION
Compulsory school attendance refers to citizens of the Czech Republic. The length of compulsory education is set by the Education Act and is for nine years starting at the beginning of the school year following the day on which the child reaches six years of age. Compulsory education takes place at a základní škola. Children who transfer to a multi-year gymnázium or to a multi-year conservatoire in the course of their compulsory education complete their compulsory education at these schools.
Regulations on the základní škola also allow for special forms of compulsory education for pupils living abroad and attending a local school there, mostly in a form of individual (home) schooling. In this case the pupil is considered to be a pupil of the school in the catchment area or of another chosen school with an individual study programme and an option to pass yearly an exam from the Czech language plus in the 5th and 6th year from vlastivěda, in the 6th – 9th year from geography and history.
Parents or legal guardians are obliged to register their children at school in the Czech Republic. Failure to do so is considered a misdemeanour, which is punishable by a fine. More serious neglect of education may be classified as a criminal act of endangering the moral education of children and young people. The legal guardian is obliged to enrol a child for compulsory school attendance between 15 January and 15 February of the calendar year when the child has to start school.
Compulsory school attendance is relevant to all children who are citizens of the Czech Republic even if they also hold citizenship of another country.
See http://www.msmt.cz/areas-of-work/educational-system or &38 Education Act for detailed information.