Reception to A-level
In the beginning there was an informal German toddler group in a church hall in Highbury. By 1998 we had outgrown this setting and so we moved to our current premises at Drayton Park Primary School, where we started off with around 25 children in three classes.
The German Saturday School Islington now teaches nearly 150 children and teenagers in 11 classes, starting with reception age children and leading up to GCSE and A-level preparation. We hope to resume our German classes for parents and the Summer School in 2021.
Make it fun
We aim to support our children - who are growing up with more than one language here in London - to become as close as possible to native German speakers. We think languages are cool and open many doors!
In the younger classes there is a strong emphasis on play. Reading, writing and grammar are introduced gradually and, eventually, the children are ready and equipped to take GCSE- and A-level exams. Read more about our approach here.
All our teachers are native German speakers and, apart from teaching German, many bring professional skills to the classroom such as art and music. Others also work as teachers during the week. All teachers are DBS checked.
Please send us your contact details and your children's birth dates if you would like to sign them up. We do have a long waiting list due to a large catchment area, loyal families and many siblings.
Online but going strong
Lessons continue to take place online. It is all a bit separate and virtual, but every now and then we catch a glimpse of what's going on in the 'classroom next door'. Here is Frau Holle, made by Lukas, age 8, during a session on classic German fairy tales: