Post 16 Education at SDSS
Imagine secondary education without the focus on passing exams. Ponder what students could achieve, if the emphasis was on the journey, the curriculum and the joy of learning, and not on the number of GCSE / A Level passes an individual can get.
Our school will open the doors to its stunning new ‘Hood Barn’ building in September 2017, to welcome new and existing students to its post 16 Waldorf program.
Chair of the SDSS Upper School Christine Cook says “We offer our students the chance to develop a love of learning and the opportunity to really get to grips with what they are passionate about. During Classes 9 through 12, students study a broad curriculum covering the Humanities, Arts and Sciences, supported by foreign exchange ‘cultural experience’ programs, extensive school trips, class sponsors to mentor and guide each individual and much more. As the student progresses, the timetable provides for personal study time to permit students to pursue a year-long project in Class 12; this could be in any chosen area from textile design to developing a philosophical idea through research. All of this work is assessed against the Steiner School Certificate framework which at Level 3 (Class 12), allows direct access to university”.
For more information, please contact Kaycee Fordham in Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org
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Calling Parent Volunteers!
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Steiner School Certificate
If you would like more information regarding the new Steiner School Certificate (SSC) which our school will be offering from September 2017, click the link below.
WANT TO JOIN OUR SCHOOL?
Kaycee Fordham is our Admissions Co-ordinator who would love to hear from you. Contact her on +44 (0)1803 897377 or click here for a contact form.
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Welcome to our school!
South Devon Steiner School is a co-educational school catering for 3 to 16 years olds, with a philosophy based on the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner. We are situated in an idyllic location near Dartington and Totnes in Devon, surrounded by rolling hills, fields abundant with biodynamic vegetables, and on the doorstep of the majestic Dartmoor National Park and South Hams coastal areas.
"THE FIRST TIME I ENTERED THE SCHOOL I HAD A STRONG FEELING OF COMING HOME"
This sentiment from a parent at the school is not unusual, and we've had many parents, children and visitors come through our gates who feel a sense of belonging, a sense that this place is different.
We have been around since 1982 when three enthusiastic teachers and a committed bunch of parents - with nothing but a dream and resolve - got together and started a school. From humble beginnings - one class of a handful of pupils - the school now has some 300 from early years through to currently class 10 (and soon to be class 11 and 12).
At first glance, our school is not unusual. However, if you look deeper, you will probably notice a unique energy, commitment, and passion that runs throughout the core of the school and its community.
SOLVE THE RIDDLE IN EVERY CHILD
A high school Maths teacher once remarked that the challenge of being a Steiner teacher is to solve the riddle in every child. This interpretation is supported by a Steiner-Waldorf curriculum which endeavours to enrich the lives of children, parents and teachers alike. We aim to work with and develop this heritage in order to impart to our children values such as confidence, self-motivation, and creativity, an appetite for learning, an ability to work with others, practical skills, tolerance towards others and the ability to adapt and meet change enthusiastically.
Main Lessons are presented in such a way that the children use all their senses to feel, think and experience the subject. This keeps children engaged, and engenders an enthusiasm for learning that lasts into adulthood.
Overall the curriculum is broad, balancing academic with artistic and physical subjects such as Music, Art, Eurythmy (an expressive movement and performance art unique to Steiner education), Handwork, Wood- and Metalwork.
LEARNING IN A STEINER SCHOOL IS A NON-COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY
Learning in a Steiner school is a non-competitive activity. Reports are replaced by detailed evaluations of the child at the end of each school year. Tests are informal and exams are introduced in the Upper School.
The school journey at South Devon Steiner School is characterised by learning, team work, engagement, mindfulness, self-confidence, optimism and joy, resulting in confident, self-assured and creative young adults.
If you'd like to know more about our school and to arrange a visit, please contact our Admissions department via email on email@example.com, or call +44 (0) 1803 897 377.
Nestled on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor...