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However, it can’t all be about being at one with nature and outdoor classes, can it? Well, it is until age 7. This is how they do it in Scandinavia and the results there prove it works well. In the early years there is an emphasis on play and imagination. No formal learning: think songs, poems, games and plays, handicraft, baking, painting, woodwork and gardening.

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Member school of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, providing age appropriate and child-centred education based on the curriculum, teaching practices and educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The school is planning to open a sixth form.

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The first rule of Steiner. No headmaster. No headmistress. No hierarchy.

So who runs the school? ‘It’s a flat, republican management model.’ The school council covers the governance and delegates management to the steering group. The management is split into three ‘realms’, the Cultural, the Rights and the Economic. The Cultural is the realm of ideas, the teachers and the teaching. The Rights is open to all employees, and creates all school policy, vision and planning. The Economic realm speaks for itself. This relatively new structure is ‘constantly evolving to try and simplify the decision-making process, and keep the "big" personalities at bay.’

Then, there’s the parents. They are heavily involved, not only in a practical hands-on way but also financially.

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Special Education Needs

Each class is able to accept some children with specific learning difficulties. Extra help for these children is available from the dedicated Learning Support Department. Children with special needs will be assessed with regard to (i) their own needs, (ii) the resources available in the Learning Support Department to meet those needs and (iii) the make-up and balance of the class they are approaching. This assessment will take place before a place in the class can be offered. Children with a statement of special educational needs can sometimes be accepted, provided local authority provision is in place to support the statement. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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