Frequently asked questions
My 5 year-old can already read and write. How would they be challenged at a Steiner Waldorf school?
Children in the Kindergarten are provided with a stimulating and nourishing environment where they learn as they play. Taking their cues from watching the adults around them, children bake, paint, sing, build, draw, walk, set-out and clear-up, watch plays and puppet shows, do woodwork, handwork and gardening – the list goes on.
Children know that they have been busy and had fun. They don’t know that they have been learning important pre-literacy and numeracy skills, manual dexterity, spatial awareness, physical coordination and vital social skills that prepare them for formal learning when they are rising 7.
What is the school’s policy on screens? (television, tablets, computers)
The role of digital technology is central in modern life, but research indicates that too much screen time can have a negative effect on our children. Waldorf Schools do not encourage watching television or use of electronic media, particularly in the Early Years and Lower School. While we would ultimately prefer that children do not watch television or use computers in the early stages of their education, we recognise that this aspect lies in the domain of the home and the family, and it is for each parent to decide the role that television and electronic media should play in their children’s lives.
What is the School’s policy on bullying?
We start from the premise that bullying is unacceptable and needs to be tackled promptly and effectively. We have an extensively researched policy on bullying and a process that aims to resolve incidents in a healthy, non-judgmental way.
How do you manage the diversity of learning needs?
We aim to make our education available to those who seek it without unnecessary barriers to entry. We also need to ensure that we are able to educate and develop each child to the best of his or her potential and in line with average standards of their peers.
We monitor the percentage of pupils who might require support with their learning and make sure that each class has a healthy balance and more assistance when needed.
What is eurythmy?
Eurythmy is an expressive art of movement which develops considerable skills in spatial orientation and social awareness. It is ‘poetry and music in motion’, where gestures relate to sounds in speech and tones and intervals in music. Eurythmy is a core curriculum subject from Kindergarten right the way through to Class 12.
What is your clothing policy?
Our Kindergarten morning is a time of active work and play, a lot of which is spent outside throughout the year. It is therefore essential that your child is suitably clothed, so that they can enter comfortably into all that we do. For more information please read our clothing policy booklet.