Welcome to

Steiner Academy Bristol



Parents are cordially invited to attend listening meetings on Wednesday 2nd October between 11 am and 12:40 pm. A booking link has been emailed to all parents/carers.


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