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 spring term 2016:

9.1, 23.1, 30.1, 13.2, 27.2, 12.3, 23.4, 7.5. and 21.5.

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 spring term 2016:

9.1, 23.1, 6.2, 20.2, 5.3, 19.3, 16.4, 30.4, 14.5, 4.6. (spring party) and 25.6. (Midsummer 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 spring term 2016: 16.1, 23.1, 6.2, 20.2, 5.3, 19.3, 16.4, 30.4, 14.5, 28.5, 11.6.
Time: 10am
Location:

East London Finnish School starts again in January 2016 at the Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park, E4 9JP.

Contact:  italontoonsuomikoulu@gmail.com
Further information: You can find the school on Facebook.

 

 Finnish Saturday School in Leeds
(established in 2015)

School dates for the spring term 2016:

9.1, 23.1, 6.2, 20.2, 5.3, 19.3, 2.4, 16.4, 30.4. and 14.5. 

Time: 10am (doors and coffee 9.30am)
Location:

HEART Centre
Bennett Road, LS6 3HN

Contact:

Tero Väänänen, tero.vaananen@iki.fi

Further information: You can find the school on Facebook.
 

Finnish Saturday School in London
(established in 1972)

School dates for the spring term 2016:

9.1, 23.1, 30.1, 13.2, 27.2, 5.3, 16.4, 30.4. (forest trip), 14.5, 21.5. and 18.6. (spring party).

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 spring term 2016:

16.1, 30.1, 13.2, 27.2, 12.3, 26.3, 9.4, 23.4, 7.5. and 21.5.

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 spring term 2016:

10.1, 24.1, 7.2, 28.2, 13.3, 17.4, 1.5, 15.5.and 12.6.

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 spring term 2016:

5.3, 19.3.

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 spring term 2016:

10.1, 24.1, 7.2, 21.2, 6.3, 20.3, 17.4, 1.5, 15.5, 29.5. and 12.6.

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 spring term 2016:

9.1, 6.2, 12.3, 16.4, 14.5. and 11.6. (spring party and picnic)

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. School starts at 12noon.

You can find the school on Facebook.