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  • Edinburgh Steiner School
    60 Spylaw Road
    Edinburgh
    EH10 5BR
  • Head: Ilka Roehe (Rotating Chair of College)
  • T 01313 373410
  • F 01315 386066
  • E admissions@edi…rschool.org.uk
  • W www.edinburghs…rschool.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 205
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £3,240 - £10,326 pa
  • Open days: First Friday of the month during term time. Book through school office or website.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Has long been regarded as a ‘school offering alternative education to somewhat scruffy children in hippy clothes, who took no exams and pretty well ran riot’; however, since the Scottish government introduced their much reviled Curriculum for Excellence, Edinburgh Steiner...

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What the school says...

Pupils at the Edinburgh Steiner School are celebrating one of the best Higher examination pass rates in Scotland. Teacher Alistair Pugh commented: We attribute our strong results to small class sizes and the unique nature of the Steiner curriculum. We expand on the exam curriculum through a programme called Main Lessons, a technique which is only used in Steiner Schools. These are topic blocks which are studied continuously for 2 hours a day over a four week period. Main Lessons ensure that, irrespective of their final exam subject choices, our pupils cover a wide breadth of topics throughout their education which greatly assists them in their examinations and beyond.

The school places equal importance on creating a nurturing and supportive environment.

Dr Rebecca McKinlay, former pupil, explains: The Edinburgh Steiner School gave me a broader education and range of experience than my previous school. I was free to be myself without being bullied or ostracised. I just wish I'd been there for the entirety of my education. I'm now a postdoctoral research assistant having completed my PhD at Imperial College, London.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Has long been regarded as a ‘school offering alternative education to somewhat scruffy children in hippy clothes, who took no exams and pretty well ran riot’; however, since the Scottish government introduced their much reviled Curriculum for Excellence, Edinburgh Steiner has become an educational flagship, albeit an holistic one

Chair of the College of Teachers

No head as such – role of chair is rotated, elected from management group of the college (roughly 10 per cent of staff) who meet weekly on Thursdays (Wed afternoons involve the whole staff), but even if chosen to be chair, the position is voluntary and offer can be refused. Current chair, Nick Brett, is on his second term: a two or three year stint.

‘Major educational decisions are taken by the College of Teachers and executed by the school’s management team...

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