About Us

The German Saturday School, Tonbridge is a parent initiative which does not receive funding and is dependent on the voluntary work of our parents for the administration of our school. The German Saturday School is part of the VDSS (Verein der Deutschen Samstagsschulen) which is the umbrella organisation for more than 20 such schools in England. We also have strong links to the Goethe Institute in London. Please find the link in the menu on the right.

All our teachers are native German speakers and have a current and enhanced CRB check. We do not follow a curriculum and our teachers enjoy creating individual lessons based on a variety of topics each term.

We teach German language and culture to bi/multi-lingual children from Kindergarten age to 11 years old on Saturday mornings during school terms (10am to 12pm) following the local British school term schedules.

Our lessons are varied, stimulating and are supported with activities such as arts & craft, games, songs and storytelling in a friendly and secure learning environment.

We ask that all parents assist with the running of the school by joining in as class helpers. A Helpers List is established for each class, where the parents act as the right hand to the teachers. This list is updated and sent to all parents at the beginning of each term and is always available on the website.

We ultimately aim that our children should take the Goethe Institute Exams and leave our school with an internationally-recognised qualification.

Otherwise we celebrate German customs such as:

  • Karneval
  • Easteregg hunt
  • Mothers’ Day
  • Lantern walk
  • Nikolaus

But apart from the German traditions we aim to offer each year various other events such as ‘Kinotag’, Football Tournament, German Cake Bake off  (to name a few events) and occasionally invite Speakers for Adults or the children.