Welcome!

The Bristol Steiner School is a beacon for parents seeking a human scale school where childhood is valued and in which a lifelong love of learning may grow. Creating an environment in which our community can thrive is extremely important to us and we are proud to announce that in September 2017 we opened our doors with a newly revitalised Kindergarten and Primary School.

Alongside a comprehensive review of the school’s governance we are refurbishing and upgrading of our wonderful Grade II Listed manor house with its spectacular and inspiring garden and views over the city at the top of Whiteladies Road on the Downs. We welcome parents of children from age 0-11 to come meet us and see the Bristol Steiner School during our open evening and tours.

The school provides pupils with Steiner education through a transparent and well-structured learning programme that is challenging but not dominated by the need for academic achievement and the stress of targets and tests. Pupils are part of a community in which they are both known and well-known and can thrive and develop the self-confidence and independence vital for success in today’s world. By the end of Class 5 (Year 6) they are well prepared and ready for a successful transition to secondary school.

The central feature of a Steiner education is that it recognises the broader needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual – and is based on an understanding of the different phases of a child’s development.

The Bristol Steiner School is breaking new ground in providing pupils with a Steiner education that is true to Steiner principles but is updated and relevant to a modern context. In this the school benefits from a modern management structure and experienced leadership team.

Choosing the right school for your child is perhaps the most important decision you will make. A Steiner Education creates a love of learning, sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning, and is respected worldwide for its ability to produce capable young people with a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially responsible citizens.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about a Bristol Steiner School education. You may also find this FAQ helpful: http://www.steinerwaldorf.org/steiner-education/frequently-asked-questions/

Why not join us at our Open Morning on Saturday 9th December 2017. There will be an opportunity to meet our new Head Teacher, Ruth Glover and a chance to view our lovely new Kindergarten facilities .  Open Morning Invite 2

We are delighted to share the news that we have appointed Ruth Glover to the new post of Head Teacher.

Despite strong competition, there was clear recognition that Ruth had the many varied skills, experiences and characteristics required for the role, including her passion as an educationalist and clear interest in Steiner teaching. Ruth will join the school early next year and comes to Bristol Steiner School after serving as Early Years and Childcare Service Lead in North Somerset. She has a BA degree with First Class Honours in Initial Teacher Education (Primary) from University of the West of England and has Qualified Teacher Status. She has been nationally assessed as an Advanced Skills Teacher by the Department for Education. She also has the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

A key role for Ruth as she takes up post is to take the school to ‘Outstanding’, making the Bristol Steiner School a centre of excellence and developing the school as Research and Development Centre for Steiner Education, nationally. We welcome Ruth’s experience and passion into our community and know she will make it an even stronger one.