Welcome to

Steiner Academy Bristol





Due to the level of responses received, Avanti Schools Trust will be extending the deliberation period on all three significant change proposals and will therefore aim to publish a summary of the responses received together with the overall response to the consultation exercise the week commencing November 18 2019.




The Trustees and Senior Leadership team of the Avanti Schools Trust are delighted to welcome the students, parents and school staff from the south-west Steiner schools at Bristol, Exeter and Frome into the Avanti family of schools. You will all know that Avanti currently runs secondary and primary schools in the London area and in Leicester, and that we aim to offer to all children in our schools a high quality education which stresses educational excellence, character development and spiritual insights.

All of us at Avanti understand that your school, whether in Bristol, Exeter or Frome, has been through a troubling period recently, and that worries and anxieties will inevitably exist. In due course, there will need to be carefully considered and fully articulated changes in these schools, but we hope you are reassured by the essence of the Avanti Way and what we stand for. Our ambition is that these schools become as high quality as all our other schools, but this does not mean discarding all that has been achieved in the past.

Central to Waldorf education and to the Avanti Way is developing a teaching methodology which strives to develop pupils' intellectual, artistic and practical skills in an integrated and holistic way, and the cultivation of pupils' imagination and creativity as a central focus. The emphasis on experiencing oral traditions, the role of ritual and routine, and the role of the arts and creativity all have resonance not just with the Avanti way but with Waldorf education. So whilst there will be changes, the Avanti Trustees give you a commitment that we will work to raise standards in Avanti Gardens, Avanti Hall and Avanti Park, by offering a coherent, invigorating and challenging education which transforms and improves these schools, and which excites and motivates all who learn and teach in them.

Yours faithfully
Mike Younger
Chair of Avanti Schools Trust Board of Trustees




Please click on the link below to see the statement issued by Avanti Schools Trust on 18th October 2019.





Please click on the link to go to the page for Steiner Academy Bristol Significant Change Consultation




Please click on the link to go to the page for Steiner Academy Bristol Admissions Consultation




Please click on the link to go to the page for links to consultations for Bristol, Exeter & Frome



Update: Statement from Avanti Schools Trust in relation to exemptions to KS1 testing

As parents and staff are aware the three Steiner Academies in the SW (Bristol, Frome, and Exeter) are in the process of transferring into Avanti Schools Trust (AST). Currently, all three schools have an exemption written into their funding agreements which means that KS1 pupils are exempt from testing.  At the date of transfer to Avanti, the three Steiner Academies will become part of AST and will, therefore, be bound by the clauses of the AST Master Funding Agreement, which does not hold this exemption. Avanti will not be making a case to the RSC/DfE for exemptions to be included as there is no compelling and exceptional reason to do so and, as is the case with all academy transfers, DfE’s expectation is that the current model funding agreements be used in full.

You are also aware that AST is planning a curriculum review across all three schools in the coming months. This review will focus on the content of the schools’ current curriculum models and their alignment with and to the principles that underpin AST as outlined in the Avanti Way document. We want to make clear at this stage that reviewing the requirement for KS 1 testing will not be part of the review. However, we will be asking the review team to look into best practice in AST schools and nationally regarding how these tests are sensitively administered in the future.


Welcome to SAB, 

We are a small community school based in Fishponds, Bristol. The school opened in September 2014, as one of four state-funded Steiner Academies. 

Our mission is to equip children with a love of life-long learning, by focusing on our core values. 

  • Expertise: we strive for excellence; academically, creatively and personally

  • Character: we are resilient, have the highest standards of behaviour and respect ourselves and others

  • Craftsmanship: we are dedicated, reflective and create meaningful and beautiful work

  • Humanity: we are inclusive and embrace individuality, we nurture potential and provide equity of opportunity

  • Environment: we are safe, happy and respect the world around us 


NEWS: 6th September 2019 

Statement in relation to the transfer of South West Steiner Academies to Avanti Schools Trust

 The AST Board of Trustees, subject to a formal agreement with the Department for Education, has agreed to become the ‘incoming trust’ for the three South West Steiner Academies (Bristol, Frome, and Exeter). The Chair of the AST Board, Professor Mike Younger, states:

 ‘I am pleased to report that the AST Board has decided to progress ahead with the transfer of the three SW schools into Avanti. We are excited to welcome these schools into the Avanti family in what will be no doubt be a challenging but rewarding endeavour to provide the best possible education for the pupils of these three schools.’

 AST will now be working with the academy principals, AMC Chairs and board members, staff and pupils to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer later in the year.


NEWS: 22 August 2019


35% of grades were 9, 8 or 7. 

85% of students achieving 5 or more top grades.

9% were grade 9

We are delighted to congratulate all our students on their successes and personal triumphs. This year, we are happy to celebrate our first set of GCSE results. 85% of the students achieved 5 or more 9 – 4 grades including the all-important English and Maths GCSEs. 



NEWS: 7th June 2019     

Re: Transfer of our schools to Avanti Schools Trust

 Dear Parents and Staff,

 We are pleased to announce that all three Steiner Academies – Bristol, Exeter and Frome – will be transferred together to the Avanti Schools Trust. Please click the link below to read a letter from Lisa Mannall, Regional Schools Commissioner, with details of the decision.

We are delighted that there is now a clear direction for the future of the schools, building on Avanti’s successful approach to school improvement, whilst working to combine the Steiner-Waldorf principles. 

The next phase will include an active consultation period with parents and staff, led by the Avanti team. We are sure that there are many questions, but hope that this decision allows us to begin the next phase, moving forward as a group of schools, together.

It is important to note that the School Improvement Plans each academy have been working towards, to respond to the Ofsted findings, remain in place, and will continue to be the focus for staff and teachers at all of the academies.

We are grateful to Avanti for their commitment to our schools and are clear that it offers a great opportunity for renewal; to continue to improve the quality of education for the children; and to carry forward the contemporary and authentic vision at the heart of our schools.


Joss Hayes, Principal, Steiner Academy Bristol

Paul Hougham, Acting Principal, Steiner Academy Exeter

Nikki Doughty, Acting Principal, Steiner Academy Frome