Ethos and Aims
According to the early 20th century Austrian educationalist Dr. Rudolf Steiner, the goal of Waldorf education is "to produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives".
We strive to enable each and every student of our school to attain a sense of their own purpose to support them on their journey into life in service to humankind in small and big ways, according to their personal ability and vision.
We believe it is through critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression that the capacity for purpose is awakened.
We achieve this through striving to be an example of Steiner Waldorf education, for pupils aged 3 to 19, that both integrates regulatory compliance and Waldorf education and is carefully adapted to be meaningful in the 21st century.
Our Commitments to Safeguarding, HQT, SEND, and Compliance
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Through this, we hope to further illustrate the relevance of this form of education in the development of able young people.
We are engaged in an ongoing process of research, development and renewal, recognising that Steiner was a man of his time and not all of his views remain relevant.
We are one of more than 1,200 Steiner-Waldorf schools worldwide, the largest group of independent, non-denominational private schools in the world. In Great Britain, we are part of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship.
The first Steiner-Waldorf school opened in Germany in 1919; the first in the UK in 1925. We aim to work with and develop this rich cultural heritage to serve in the global community as stewards of social renewal.
Steiner Waldorf education fosters students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth as they pass through distinct stages of development, from childhood to adulthood.
To this end, we operate an all-through, co-educational, comprehensive school for children from age 3 to 18/19 offering the full Waldorf curriculum and a rigorously assessed level 3 university-access qualification called the NZCSE (New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education) which is quality assured by the Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT) based in New Zealand.
The certificate is equivalent to other level 3 qualifications at Key Stage 5 such as A-levels, the IB, Abitur etc.
We are one of four schools in Britain, ten schools in Europe and 15 schools worldwide to offer this certificate.
To date all students who have applied to universities, including British universities, based on this certificate have been accepted. They represent a wide range of subjects from fine art and music to computer science.
The realisation of responsible human freedom is the foundational tenet of Steiner Waldorf education. We strive to help students become free, resilient, creative human beings who lead lives of purpose and direction.
Our dedicated faculty and staff support students’ sense of self-reliance, social responsibility, and moral purpose. Our diverse community is a source of invaluable human experience from which students learn and grow. Our school encourages young people to develop a broad range of human capacities and to become citizens of both their local community and of the world at the same time.