Steiner Waldorf offers a child-centred education, based on an insight into learning as both a quest of personal discovery and an engagement with the world through:

  • an integrated and holistic curriculum, paying attention to the balanced development of the academic, active & creative.
  • a phasic, thematic curriculum, offering experiences that match and support the internal development of both psychology & physiology, cognition and consciousness.
  • a delayed formal instruction in literacy & numeracy with focused kinetic support until the age of 7, followed by accelerated progression.
  • purposefully unplugged in the Primary years so as to optimise the individual generation of imagery, and purposefully equipped in the Secondary years with meaningful learning in technology.
  • the immediacy of industry (arts and crafts through all phases) and an aesthetic engagement with environment and place.
  • project based depth learning (including main lesson blocks) that encourage metacognition and learning to learn.
  • an art of education that uses assessment for learning to match the needs of each child and each class in each moment.

We are a diverse parent body but many of us chose Steiner for our children because we wanted all or some of these experiences and outcomes:

  • learning through a curriculum that balances academic, creative and practical learning to achieve long-term outcomes.
  • learning through experiences that promote in depth understanding that remains and is not forgotten - profound learning.
  • learning in ways that are matched to their physical, cognitive, emotional and conscious development at different ages, including formal instruction from the age of seven.
  • learning in ways that enables them to achieve good academic awards but are not limited to the confines of these awards.
  • developing the inspiration, values, habits and generic skills to continue as successful lifelong learners in many different settings beyond the school.
  • developing an awareness of themselves that enables them to form their own personal intention to shape and achieve their own ambitions.
  • developing a sense of their own self-worth and the self-discipline to enable them to enjoy and achieve.
  • developing the skills and qualities to accept their responsibilities within inclusive communities, co-operating and collaborating with others to solve problems.
  • connecting strongly with their environment, including through regular outdoor learning.
  • observing festivals that use the cyclical nature of the year to encourage reflection, self-awareness and community.
  • achieving outcomes that enable them to transfer successfully to college, university and work.