Diana wants to open Polish school

Diana Gajek outside her shop in Abbey Path, Spalding.
Diana Gajek outside her shop in Abbey Path, Spalding.
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A NEW weekend school could be set up in Spalding to teach Polish children about their country’s culture and language.

Diana Gajek is hoping to transform an empty shop in Abbey Path to cater for up to 25 children on Saturdays and Sundays, where they will be taught by a fully qualified Polish teacher.

The premises, which until recently were used as an antiques and collectables shop, could also be used as an Ofsted-registered after-school club for up to 20 Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian children from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays.

Polish national Miss Gajek, who runs the Hyperdog clothes shop next door, believes the new facilities would be a valuable asset for Eastern Europeans.

In an application to South Holland District Council for a change of use for the shop, Miss Gajek said: “The Polish weekend school will provide them (the children) with the opportunity in the future to pursue education and hence employment in their own country as fully productive members of society.

“Parents are keen to introduce Polish culture and language to their children and that’s why they are forced to travel to Peterborough or Boston where similar institutions are already operating, with the transport and additional costs that entails.”

She says it has become apparent that some foreign people struggle to find care for their children in the afternoons, making it difficult for them to secure work.