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.


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.