Welcome to the Bristol Steiner School
From the vantage point above the city on Redland Hill, the new independent Bristol Steiner School is a beacon for parents seeking a human scale school which offers a familiar and personal setting where childhood is valued and in which a lifelong love of learning may grow.
The Small School of Choice for Bristol
We see the Bristol Steiner School as a ‘Community’ and not just a school. It is a community for parents, for staff and above all for pupils. We are a small, city Steiner School that recognises teaching as a relational activity where every child needs to be known well. This is a school which provides its pupils with a positive experience of living and learning in a community setting, where they develop the self-confidence and independence so necessary for their adult lives. Our small class sizes enable the class teachers to work more closely with individual pupils’ needs, interests and abilities.
What Steiner Education will mean for your child
Steiner Education works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion. The central feature of Steiner Education is that it takes into account the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual. It is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development; creates a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school; sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning; is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially responsible citizens.
Our approach at the Bristol Steiner School is founded in five key educational principles:
1. Human relationships in education
We put relationships at the heart of the organisation of our school and so our class teachers remain with their classes over a number of years, thus having the opportunity to get to know both the child and his or her family well. Our teachers work with the Steiner curriculum, which meets the needs of the developing child at every stage while also allowing the teacher to work creatively in response to the pupils in his/her care. A strong bond of trust can thus be built up between the children and young people and their teachers. Our staff will all have a strong grounding in child and young people’s development and the small class sizes allow for excellent pastoral care. The children and young people who attend the independent Bristol Steiner School will be taught and supported by staff who will demonstrate a strong commitment to our values. We want young people to leave with a sense of pride and affection for their time at our school.
2. A Child-Centred approach
We believe a child’s educational progress from early childhood to young adulthood is a developmental journey. We argue that this journey needs a child-centred approach in which the curriculum and the style of learning reflects the natural stage of the growing child. We are committed to nurturing the whole child and this is reflected in our focus on learning primarily through ‘doing’ in the Nurturing Years, primarily through the ‘imagination’ in the Foundation Years, and primarily through intellectual challenge in the Enrichment Years. At every stage there will be appropriate challenges to develop the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual abilities. We are committed to an education that aims to allow each individual to fulfil their own potential in whichever field that might be.
3. Building self-confidence
We see the task of building resilience, personal confidence and well-being in our young people as a key part of the educational process. We achieve this through warm, personal and respectful relationships built up through learning and working together. We aim to give the children and young people a positive experience of themselves and community that they can take into life. We believe in the importance of our behaviour policy being based in nurture and support.
4. Meeting the needs of individuals
Our model of schooling aims to respond to the needs, interests and aspirations of the individual children and young people who attend. The small, human scale school community which we are building allows us to provide learning programmes that take into account children and young people’s personal history and their prior academic attainment. We want our staff to have the time to focus on the children and young people they are teaching and to have time to find appropriate ways to guide their learning.
Bristol Steiner School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We believe the welfare of the child is paramount and that no child should suffer harm of any form, either at home or at school. Everyone who works at or visits our school has the responsibility to make sure all our children are safe.