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We made a massive mistake sending our son, who has Special Educational Needs, to this school. We believed that their philosophy would make that school a better place for children, who are different, that they would be properly supported and fully integrated. Nothing of this kind happened, despite he got accepted at the school in full knowledge of his needs, and supported by the local council. There was no pastoral care and support from the beginning to help him make friends in his (very small) class, most of the kids there had been at the school for many years, and there was not a lot of appetite among some of the kids to accept and befriend him and be tolerant of him and him being different, despite my son making a massive effort. Some kids were better than others, and there were lovely kids, particularly among the girls, but on the whole our son suffered massively with a particular group of boys and the tensions between them got worse over the course of the year. In the end he was blamed for most of what had gone wrong, which is unacceptable for a vulnerable child with SEN and what you not expect from a school, which claims to raise and educate children in harmony with Steiner's philosophy. Sadly, the way of teaching did not accommodate our son's needs either, which made him feel underachieving and frustrated. So everyone, who thinks about sending their child to a Steiner school, with or without special needs, should have a close look at all this and make sure it would really work for their child. At least in this Steiner school it did not work for us and we decided to take him out.

Commented on 22nd Jan 2018

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