Frequently Asked Questions

I am not Scandinavian!

That’s OK! We are a visionary school combining British and Scandinavian methods in our teaching. While Dania was founded by Danish parents and attracted many families with strong Scandinavian connections, the school has grown and diverse families who share a unique vision for their children’s education.

I am Scandinavian!

Hej! Dania offers daily mother-tongue language lessons supporting Danish & Swedish children with developing English-language skills. While following the British National Curriculum, Dania draws from the Scandinavian education models that focus on building a strong community of confident learners.

Does my child have to learn Danish or Swedish?

No, instead children will be offered French lessons as part of their National Curriculum provision.

What are the school hours?

Primary school hours Monday to Friday 9:00-15:00.

Children may be dropped off between 8:30 to 9:00 at the school and picked up between 15:00 and 15:30, unless they attend our After School Club.

Are parents and caregivers allowed in the school?

Yes! We welcome parents or other caregivers to assist children with sorting their belongings and transitioning into the formal morning activities.

**During the current COVID crises, our open door policy has been amended to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. Please contact the school for more information***

Will my child make the same progress as their peers in England?

We follow the National Curriculum and the teachers have an individual tracking system that ensures the children are staying on target for their age. Our school emphasizes both the social and emotional development of the children and their academic success.

What type of teaching style do you use?

We prepare the environment to suit the children’s learning needs.

We have many different spaces suited for their developmental age. We have natural light and small tables which allow children to work in the best way possible. For example, if a child needs quiet time to read or work alone, they may visit our library.

We are extremely lucky to be surrounded by many fantastic playgrounds which provide endless possibilities for play and adventure. We have a large range of materials that enhances the children’s physical development, including fine and gross motor skills.

Our three main groups, determined by the child’s age on September 1. These are generally broken down as below, though Dania will sometimes make adjustments based on the unique needs of the students in a given year.

Early Years: ​Preschool (ages 3 and 4) and Reception Key Stage 1:​ Year 1 and 2
Key Stage 2:​ Year 3, 4, 5, and 6

Is Dania School accredited?

Yes! As of May 2017, we are a fully accredited member of the Independent School Association and are inspected every 3 years. You can read the latest inspection report by clicking here.

How is your school funded?

Through tuition fees and private donations. Dania does not receive any funding from the British, Swedish or Danish Governments.

Dania School is a charity, what does that mean?

Dania School is a registered Charity, with the charity commission, Charity Number 1153166.

This means we have charitably aims for education, including putting 10% of our surplus towards fee bursaries for children of low-income families. Personal applications must be made to the board, which will consider each application carefully. All donations made to the school are entitled to gift aid and the person making the donation is entitled to tax relief on the full amount donated, if paying income tax in the UK. Please ask in the office for more details.