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The site and school do feel magical and slightly removed from reality – gloriously green - classroom blocks with art on walls and stained glass (created by a former parent) lit stairs encircle natural play areas. Pupils don’t choose drama over sport or art or vice versa, everything is a whole class activity which bonds them socially. Very difficult to explain a Steiner school without direct experience or attending an open morning - hippy stereotypes abound...

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What the school says...

Why Michael Hall? What qualities will your child need to flourish as an adult in todays world? They will need to be articulate, creative, self-reliant, skilled at listening, imaginative and inquisitive. Every lesson at Michael Hall is designed to enhance and develop these qualities in your child. For over 85 years, we have consistently provided an inspirational, rigorous, nourishing educational environment for children from birth to 18 years. We give equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of your child and the curriculum is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of your child's development. Our experience has shown that learning comes easily and joyfully when it is offered when your child is developmentally ready.
The core subjects of the curriculum are taught in thematic blocks (Main Lessons) and all lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content. Whole class, mixed ability teaching is the norm.

All students participate in all the Steiner Waldorf curriculum subjects throughout their school life. The purpose of studying a subject is not to make a student into a professional mathematician, historian, or biologist, but to stimulate and nourish the capacities that every adult needs.

Michael Hall students have a reputation for being well-rounded, balanced individuals who are able to cope with the demands of a fast-changing and uncertain world. Graduates are highly sought-after in further education and in the work place for their confidence, resourcefulness, social responsibility and enthusiasm.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Head teacher

Since September 2019, Paul Farr. A teacher for over 20 years (and senior leader for the past 15), having graduated as a marine biologist from Plymouth University. A father of four young children, he says he is ‘acutely aware of the importance of a high quality education for the whole child’.

Prior to Mr Farr’s appointment, there was no head - instead a education management team. But UK Steiner Waldorf schools are strengthening (or implementing) their management structure partly in response to government-led policies. Parents increasingly wanted to go the whole hog and have a head teacher, one that was freed from the teaching load to manage and concentrate on staff development and appraisal – and to deal with tricky parents. Someone who was totally supportive of the school...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department supports individual pupils with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and children with mild aspergic tendencies. Support may take the form of one-to-one lessons, small group lessons or in-class support. The department screens classes every two years. Following these screenings and after dialogue with the class teacher the department is able to identify those pupils who may require extra support. We also help teachers with IEP writing and differentiating tasks to enable all students to access the curriculum.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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