Scandinavian Learning in the Heart of London
Dania Scandinavian School was founded by local families in Islington in 2013 and caters for children aged 2-11 years old. Our school community comprises students and teachers of both Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian background.
We follow the UK national curriculum but offer an education based on Scandinavian principles, which place greater emphasis on play, creativity, emotional and social interaction, and outdoor learning. We also offer formal instruction in Danish and Swedish to support the language development of children from Scandinavian families.
Dania is a registered charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis. We pride ourselves on having the lowest school fees in the local area. We also offer bursaries to families who cannot afford to pay full fees. We are co-educational, non-selective and welcome all faiths and backgrounds.
Our goal is to inspire our children to be active, confident, responsible and successful individuals by creating a learning environment that empowers through engaging the whole child.
Dania is a member of the Independent Schools Association and is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Early years at Dania
The foundations are set in Preschool and Reception for successful learning through play and exploration, stimulating all the senses and sparking lifelong curiosity. A typical day in Preschool and Reception starts with a child-led creative play, onto a morning meeting, and then off to one of the many area playgrounds and open spaces. The teachers follow the children’s interests in choosing activities in which to build lessons.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Dania’s educational model includes a heavy emphasis on outdoor and active learning. Small, focused classes with high teacher-to-student ratios create an empowered and engaged environment. Outdoor days, Theme Weeks, and field trips are ways that make the learning journey at Dania unique.
All classes are in English, with Danish and Swedish lessons provided by native speakers. Danish and Swedish students are provided additional support in their English language development.