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Most surprisingly there are blackboards, almost vintage, but used very creatively by all the teachers. There’s a strong emphasis on the practical side of education - farming, building, botany and natural sciences. One class recently built 50 bird-boxes. As part of the deal financially, parents have to commit to workdays - two Saturdays a month. The Steiner way, it’s a way of life for the whole family. Parents agree that, ‘It produces confident, creative and genuinely independent thinkers.’ But...

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What the school says...

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 has now opened a sixth form.

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

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 ideas, the teachers and the teaching), the Rights (policy, vision and planning) and the Economic. 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.

Part of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, SDSS follows the teaching practices and educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (check these out if you are considering...

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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
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 Y
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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