VII Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Juliusza Slowackiego
We are a 95-year-old general secondary school preparing 16-19 year-old students for university education. Currently there are over 560 students and 50 teaching staff. We specialize in humanities and media as well as legal education, but we also have a profile with extended teaching of biology and chemistry, which is conducted according to an educational innovation designed by our school teachers of the sciences, and there is a “banking” profile with extended teaching of entrepreneurship and geography. Most of our students come from the area of the capital city of Poland – Warsaw – and its suburbs, since we are centrally located in Warsaw, in the district of Ochota, which is well linked to the rest of the city and its suburbs by public transport. We are involved in the programme run by one of the leading banks in Poland (BGŻ PNB Paribas) whose aim is to create opportunities of education for gifted but economically excluded students from the disadvantaged small rural communities of our country. They live in the school dormitory, which also provides them with full board as well as sports, social and cultural programmes.
Our students actively participate in extracurricular artistic, sports and charity activities that broaden their intercultural competences and develop soft skills, as well as expand their knowledge and the awareness of the current global and regional economic, political and social issues. Our students eagerly take part in various competitions and school Olympiads both at the local and national level.
Since future employers appreciate all kinds of soft skills acquired through various forms of informal and non-formal learning our school encourages the students to take part in voluntary and charity events, which are aimed at the local community – an annual ‘picnic for the Słowacki School neighbours’, collection of electronic waste in the neighbourhood; the whole city – “Slowak FilmFest” – an event aimed at young amateur film directors, actors and editors from secondary schools in Warsaw, for which the school has obtained awards from the City Council, collection of therapeutic toys for autistic children, cooperation with one of the leading nationwide magazines devoted to psychology “Charaktery”; and national – The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity that for the past 25 years has been raising funds for children’s hospitals across Poland and this year has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Every year our volunteers (students and teachers) actively collect money for the worthy cause. We pay particular attention to educating our students on human rights and European citizenship issues. In co-operation with NGO’s and civic education institutions we organize various workshops, competitions and lectures for our students. All these activities supplement the school educational staff’s efforts to raise fully grown, responsible and active European citizens in the future.
We pay particular attention to foreign languages in school. We teach English, German and French, the first two of which can be chosen by students to be taught in an extended programme. That is why we strongly value and seek for any form of using and practising the language skills in real-life situations outside the classroom environment, which the international projects such as formerly Comenius (“C Code to Common Future” 2013-2015) and currently Erasmus+ (“EUtopia” 2015-2017) ones offer.
Our school has improved GSCE exam results with a pass rate of 100% and is enjoying a higher position in annual rankings of schools carried out by independent evaluation bodies. This year we have been awarded a Golden Badge for Best General Secondary Schools in Poland by a Polish educational magazine “Perspektywy”. The mission and motto of our school is “In a friendly atmosphere we teach for the future”, which is perfectly illustrated by the growing numbers of applicants every year. We are also proud of the respect, self-government and autonomy of students’ initiatives, fruitful cooperation and active involvement of parents in the life of the school community. We would like to share these good practices with our partners.