After attending eight years at The Bristol Steiner School, Madeleine Girling went on to Wynstones Steiner school for three years and then Cirencester Sixth Form College where she did AS & A Levels in Spanish, Sociology, Textiles, and Maths. She moved to Cardiff in 2009 to do a three year BA(Hons) in Theatre Design at The Royal Welsh College of Music Drama, graduating with a First Class Honors and receiving the Lord Williams Memorial Prize for Design 2012. In 2013 Madeleine moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon to work in a year-long design assistant position for the Royal Shakespeare Company. During that year, she was also awarded as a winner in The Linbury Prize For Stage Design held at The National Theatre in London. Since 2014, Madeleine has been living and working as a freelance theatre designer in London, Bristol and Nottingham.
“The more I look back on it, the more grateful I am for my Education at the Bristol Steiner School. I didn’t realise at the time how lucky I was, but having left I can see that the level of personal attention, guidance and real care that I received all throughout my school years is really quite phenomenal. I honestly feel that my school encouraged me to be the best person I could be, and not just academically. We were supported to work to the absolute best of our ability in all subjects, and take pride in our work, rather than ticking boxes to pass exams. The teachers seemed genuinely passionate about each child’s development. This in turn allowed a mutual respect between most teachers and pupils, and therefore created a learning environment where we were valued for who we were, and given the best chance at becoming free-thinking, well-rounded and resourceful human beings.”
“I feel really lucky to have experienced such a tight-knit community growing up within the Bristol Steiner School. My closest friends now are the same people I went to school with and I hope that it will be the same for my daughter.
I am so happy that she will be able to experience some of the same things that I did within this diverse curriculum.”
“Before we came to the Bristol Steiner School our children attended a small, well-funded Primary School, periodically plagued by bullying. In the end the Steiner School was an open door in dark times.”
“Our first born was just six months old when we first stepped into the Waldorf Steiner community. It instantly resonated. It instantly caught our attention.
Teachers/care givers, were offering a nourishing approach to raising children, an approach which made sense to us and which we began to adopt as a family.
In his inspiring book, The Element (under the heading ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’) Ken Robinson speaks of finding one’s personal passion and natural talent…. ‘All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.’
Nearly fourteen years on, we have seen our child grow into an accomplished, thoughtful, articulate teenager and it is credit to the immense wisdom which dwells within the Steiner curriculum, strengthening and cherishing those sparkling imaginations and fertile minds.”
Rosie Barker – Parent