Finnish Saturday Schools

What are the Suomi Schools (also called the Finnish Saturday Schools)?
The first Finnish Saturday School in the United Kingdom was established in London in 1972 at the instigation of the Finnish Church Guild.

  • The purpose of Suomi Schools is to advance education in the Finnish language, Finnish affairs, history and culture.
  • The schools promote bilingualism within British-Finnish families.
  • Children are normally taught in groups divided according to age (from ca. 3 to 16). Some schools also have toddlers' groups.
  • Usually lessons take place every other Saturday during term times.
  • Finnish classes are available also to adult students.
  • Currently there are 21 Suomi Schools operating in the United Kingdom and well over hundred of them world-wide. The schools receive financial support from the Finnish Department of Education.

Finnish Saturday Schools in Britain:

 

The Finnish School of Brighton
(established in 1993)

School dates for the autumn term 2014:

6.9, 20.9, 4.10, 18.10, 1.11, 15.11, 29.11, 13.12. (Christmas Party)

Time:

10am-12noon

Location:

St. Paul’s C E Primary School, Saint Nicholas Road, Brighton and Hove, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3LP

Contact:

Hanna Drummond, Education Officer, 07919 897452, hlahtevanoja@yahoo.co.uk, brightfinns@gmail.com

Further information:

You can find the school on Facebook.

 

Finnish Saturday School in Croydon

School dates for the autumn term 2014: 13.9, 20.9 (Dean City Farm visit), 4.10, 18.10, 1.11, 15.11, 29.11, 13.12. (Christmas Party)
Time:

2.15pm-4.15pm

Location:

East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, CR0 5LP. There is free and easy parking at the school.

Contact:

Satu Francis, satufrancis@gmail.com

Visit the school's website at www.croydoninsuomikoulu.org.uk.

Further information: You can find the school on Facebook.

 

Finnish Saturday School in East London (Walthamstow)
(established in 2014)

School dates for the autumn term 2014: 13.9, 27.9, 4.10, 11.10, 25.10, 22.11, 29.11. & 6.12.
Time: 10am-12noon
Location: St Peter's Community Centre, 122 Forest Rise, London, E17 3PW
Contact: Satu Mills, satu.mills@hotmail.co.uk
Further information: You can find the school on Facebook.

 

Finnish Saturday School in London
(established in 1972)

School dates for the autumn term 2014: 13.9, 20.9, 4.10, 18.10, 1.11, 8.11. & 6.12.
Time: Children's morning groups and adult groups 10am-12noon. Children's home school 12noon-1pm.
Location:

Finnish Church in London, 33 Albion Street, London SE16 7HZ

Contact:

Sari Leppälä, 07885 481 879, sari.leppala@gmail.com

Visit the school's website at http://lontoonsuomikoulu.com.

Further information: You can find the school on Facebook.

 

Finnish School in Manchester

School dates for the autumn term: 13.9, 27.9, 11.10, 25.10, 8.11, 22.11. & 6.12. (Christmas party)
Time: 10.00am - 12.15pm
Location: St Mary Magdalene Church, 44 Moss Lane, Sale, M33 6GD
Contact: Through the school's website or Facebook page
Further information: Available classes range from three tiers of adult classes (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and kids lessons from under threes to school aged. Also open during school are the cafe and the Finnish shop.

 

Finnish Saturday School in Newcastle

School dates for the autumn term 2014: 21.9, 5.10, 19.10, 9.11, 23.11, 7.12.
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: St Mary's Church, Heworth, NE10 0UT
Contact: Johanna Cooper, newcastlensuomikoulu@gmail.com
Further information: Two groups, for children aged 1-5 and 6-12. See also Suomalaiset lapsiperheet Newcastlessa (UK) Facebook group.

 

Finnish Saturday School in Oxford
(established in 1988)

School dates for the autumn term 2014:

13.9, 27.9, 11.10, 25.10, 8.11, 22.11, 6.12.

Time:

10am-12noon

Location:

St Clare's College, 18 Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6SP. There is free and easy parking at the school.

Contact:

oxford.finnish@googlemail.com

Further information:

While the main purpose of the school is to promote the Finnish language we also meet socially at activities such as Vappu and Juhannus celebrations.

You can find the school on Facebook,
(www.facebook.com/Oxfordfinnish).

 

The Finnish School in Portsmouth
(established in 2005)

School dates for the autumn term 2014:

7.9, 21.9, 5.10, 19.10, 9.11, 23.11, 7.12, 14.12. (Christmas Party).

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Location

Crookhorn College of Technology, Stake Hill Road, Waterlooville, Hants, PO7 5UD

Contact:

Virva Conroy, 07841 666 994, virva.martikainen@hotmail.com

Further information:

There is also a musical playgroup for all three-year-old and younger children.

We have coffee mornings where you can come and meet other Finns, browse through Finnish magazines, borrow books, videos and DVDs. Some Finnish goods for sale when possible.

You can find the school on Facebook.

 

The Finnish School in Swansea
(established in 2013)

School dates for the autumn term 2014:

20.9, 18.10, 15.11, 13.12.

Time: 11.30am-2pm
Address: Minor Hall, Reynoldston Village Hall, Reynoldston, Swansea, SA3 1AA
Contact:

Outi Morris, 0787 5187 837, finnishschoolswansea@yahoo.co.uk

Further information:

There is one group for all the children. The coffee break is around 12.30pm.

You can find the school on Facebook.

 

Finnish Saturday School in York
(established in 1995)

School dates for the autumn term 2014: Please contact the school's contact person.
Time:  

Location:

Bubwith Leisure Centre, Yorkshire.

Our location near M62 makes easier you to get to our school.

Contact: Annika Ord-Hume, annika.ord-hume@virgin.net

Further information:

We have two learning groups: small children's group for children aged 2-6 and school group for children aged 7-11. Finnish Saturday School meetings give an opportunity to meet people, buy Finnish patisserie and other Finnish products.

In our library you can borrow Finnish children books, study books and casettes.