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Welcome to our school
South Devon Steiner School is a co-educational school catering for 3 to 19 year olds and which follows the Steiner Waldorf curriculum.
The school is situated in an idyllic location on 8 acres of grounds near Dartington in South Devon, nestled in the rolling hills on the doorstep of the Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by fields abundant with organic and biodynamic vegetables.
We provide an interdisciplinary, theme-based and experiential approach to education which emphasises observation and personal involvement. We also relate the learning material to us as human beings thereby allowing a relationship to the world around us to unfold: a sense of belonging and being a part of the world emerges.
The way we explore any subject matter allows children to understand concepts from the inside out through repeated experiences. This is also sometimes referred to as an inductive approach to learning.
This is contrasted from the usual deductive method where, generally, concepts are presented and described and then confirmed with some examples.
Children understand concepts through experience
This way, we provide a dynamic learning environment where all students are encouraged to find and pursue their passions.
Our intelligent curriculum integrates ethical values with creative exploration and experiential learning in order to prepare students for university and the world of work, and put them on a path to self-discovery.
We believe education is an act of transformation which we achieve by combining intellectually curious students with outstanding teachers in a programme that is both academically challenging and personally supportive: the results are a joy to behold.
Students who come here are energised by learning.
Through engaging classes, rich performing arts, community service, clubs, sports, and more, they find themselves and discover the world beyond college. Ultimately, this balanced approach allows our students to find joy in learning and inspiration to effect positive change in the world. They learn how to make a difference.
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, please contact our Admissions department via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 (0) 1803 897 377.