I am writing in regards to my experience at the London Steiner School where I was a pupil from September 2006 until July 2013. After graduating from Class 8, at age 14, I was given a place at the Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology, gaining GCSEs in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Double science, History, German and Drama as well as an extended BTEC level 2 in Visual Art and Design. I went on to study A levels in English Literature, History and Theatre Studies at Pimlico Academy gaining grades A*, A, B. Following a gap year, in which I worked and spent 3 months volunteering for sustainable development charity Raleigh international in Central America, I am now studying for a BA in History at Aberystwyth University, with a scholarship. At University, I am an active Student Ambassador, peer mentor, society committee member and involved in students union politics. I am hoping to continue my studies by taking a Masters in History.
On leaving the London Steiner School, I found myself easily able to work at the same level as the other students, and in some areas, such as German, which is taught at the London Steiner School from age seven, I was distinctly ahead. Throughout the rest of my school career I have felt the benefits of my Steiner education. The rich depth of the History curriculum, in particular, has given me an incredibly strong foundation from which to continue in my chosen field of study. It gave me a comprehensive overview of British, European and World history from ancient civilisation to the modern day, as well as allowing me to look at specific areas in more depth.
I consider myself incredibly privileged to have had the education I did and I believe it prepared me well for life after leaving the school. I hope this serves as testament to the quality of the curriculum and teaching they provide.Former London Steiner School pupil.
“Steiner education does not measure the child just looking into the academic side. Teachers observe and support a child’s personal development.”
“Moving to a new secondary school was quite straightforward for my son. During his first year at the new school I was surprisingly often called by the teachers to be informed on how well behaved, caring and friendly my son was as well as how well he was doing in his subjects. The best comment I had from a teacher was how, in her opinion, he would go far with his well developed social skills, compared to other peers in his school. In Steiner school children are taught all these skills in their day-to-day interaction with the teachers, the younger pupils and the local community. I think it’s invaluable how holistic education methods, such as Steiner Waldorf education, can set children up for life in the best possible way.”
“At the London Steiner School my child learned excellent presentation skills in the way his workbook was always encouraged to be immaculately arranged – a skill he has been commended for in all of his subjects in his current secondary school.”
“The school organised charity events or school fairs throughout the year. This made stronger communities between school and parents/the residents/community.”
“… has enjoyed his time at the school and has developed well under your care, learning many life lessons which will serve him well.”
“We (the grownups) have learned and benefited a great deal from the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum as well as you individually.”
“Dedicated and friendly team with personal relation to each student and parents.”
“I am very pleased with the education my child had received at the school; I think it has strongly supported his physical, emotional and mental development.”
“Never outside of your kindergarten have I encountered the thoughtful, careful, patient and inspiring teaching that you and your wonderful team provide; the kind of learning that is not measured in ratios and certificates, but is measured in the bright light of inspiration and the deep love of learning seen in the eyes of each and every pupil.”
“The community is very welcoming and open. This respectful atmosphere is worth a lot.”
“The overall spirit and care displayed in the school environment has been beautiful and heartfelt and we are all generously grateful for this.”
“Coming to this school doesn’t mean just coming to learn, it means coming to participate in something much bigger than just a school.”
” I also wanted to say how grateful I am for all of the staff and everything they do for the children and the school. The inspection last week, and the Department of Education’s apparent negativity towards Steiner Schools is very concerning. But I just wanted to say how safe and loved I know all the children are at the school. We are only new to the school community but the more I experience, the happier I feel that we are here. The teachers are so passionate about what they do and always happy to help and go that extra mile to support the children. “