Our Ethos

Our vision is for a school that provides a safe and caring environment for children to learn and grow: valuing childhood, inspiring our pupils and building strong foundations for life.

Our school will be a Steiner school, based on the core principles of Steiner education:

  • Children learn as a whole person. We will give equal attention to the thinking, feeling, physical and spiritual aspects of learning - learning with head, hands and heart.
  • Children learn socially, through considerate collaboration and engagement with others. Strong social and emotional foundations are the basis for success both in education and in later life.
  • Children learn through their natural curiosity, creativity and powers of imagination. Creative experiences of doing and making are essential to learning and social development.
  • Effective education needs to be appropriate to the different needs of children of different ages.

Our school will be a green school, with a culture of engagement with nature and the environment. Children of all ages will spend time playing and learning outdoors; skilled handwork with natural materials forms a central part of the curriculum; and a reverence for the cycles and systems of nature is at the heart of the life of the school, with a calendar based around seasonal festivals that follow the turning of the year. In the later years of the school, the curriculum will include sustainability, natural systems, recycling and green technologies.

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Steiner Academy Hereford - (c) 2013

Our school will be a creative school. Creative thinking is a key skill not just in the arts but across all subjects. Our curriculum and teaching practices will encourage problem-solving, self-expression and creativity. Bristol is a creative city, with high-profile employers such as the BBC, HP Labs and Aardman Animation, as well as a thriving creative sector covering media, marketing and the arts. Businesses, including Aardman Animation, have told us about the value that ex-pupils of Steiner schools have added to their businesses, and we want to build strong partnerships with local employers.