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German Saturday School

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About Us

The German Saturday School Leeds (DSSL) aims to improve the oral and written language competence of children with existing German skills and to bring them closer to the culture of German-speaking countries.


Our lessons are aimed at 5-15-year-olds from families in which German is (also) spoken at home. Ideally, the DSSL accompanies the children until they have successfully passed the GCSE German exam in the British school system. (German as a foreign language is not taught.)

Alongside the school lessons, the DSSL offers opportunities for encounters between parents and a playgroup for pre-school children and younger siblings. In the guided pre-school group, listening to and speaking German is also stimulated through crafts, reading aloud and singing.

At seasonal festivals we put on small performances or run activities where children, parents, teachers and family visitors come together in our hall.

We try to create a German-speaking environment in the school and therefore ask everyone present to speak German as much as possible. Of course, English-speaking family members are always welcome.

As we are unable to provide comprehensive supervision, parents/guardians are requested to remain in school during the DSSL lessons. The German School is not liable for accidents during the break.


TERM DATES 2023/24

Our school runs every second Saturday of the month during the UK school year (September to July). 

To keep holiday periods free, there are occasionally two consecutive school Saturdays. We follow the Leeds City Council Holiday Calendar.

ALL SESSIONS: 2pm - 4pm



9th September

23rd September

7th October

21st October

11th November

25th November

2nd December

16th December



13th January

27th January

3rd February

24th February

9th March

23rd March



20th April

27th April

18th May

8th June

22nd June

6th July

13th July

Other Dates for the Diary

11th November - St Martin's Celebration

16th December - Christmas Market

3rd February - Fasching

8th June - AGM

6th July - Summer Party


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Group 1 - Ages 5 to 6

Group 2 - Ages 6 to 7

Group 3 - Ages 7 to 9

Group 4 - Ages 10 to 12


Costs Per Session Per Child

1 Child - £9

2 Children - £8.10​

3 Children - £7.20

Payable Termly

The number of lessons per term may vary slightly due to the holiday dates. You will receive detailed instructions about the school fees to be paid. Please contact the trustees if you would like to send a child or children to the German Saturday School Leeds but the cost is too high.


The DSSL offer is for children who live in bilingual or multilingual households or have a linguistic background from German-speaking countries. The German School does not..

Membership & Organisation

The DSSL is part of The German Academy. To take part in the lessons or the playgroup, the parents/guardians of the children become members...


Homework is part of learning at the DSSL. We ask for active support from parents/guardians in completing homework tasks.  Exercises contribute to the progress of the individual...

Additional Info

The German Saturday School Leeds was founded in 2011. It emerged from an informal parent and child group and for many years enjoyed the hospitality of the...



Moortown Primary School

Shadwell Lane, Moortown, Leeds

West Yorkshire, LS17 6DR



The DSSL uses the premises of a local primary school and can easily be reached by car - also from surrounding areas - via the A61 or the Ring Road A6120. Free parking is available on Shadwell Lane and in the car park next to the Montessori Kindergarten. Buses 2, 3, 36, 7A, 7S and 9 stop nearby (Moortown Corner).

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