The ideal of an education towards freedom is central to Waldorf education. Freedom is understood as the potential for children to develop their skills and talents in such a way that they can make active and responsible choices for themselves and their world. Waldorf schools support children to do this through an education that offers a harmonious development of thinking, feeling and willing on the one side and physical health, good habits and maturity of relations on the other.
Teachers teach to the whole child – and each lesson engages the intellectual capacities (thinking), artistic and emotional capacities (feeling), and practical skill-building capacities (willing). All subjects are linked, and each lesson integrates academic work with the fine arts and practical arts, so that a child is not only intellectually engaged, but emotionally and aesthetically invested in their learning.
Celebrating every child
Rather than seeing each child as an empty vessel to be filled with information and facts, Waldorf teachers provide guidance and inspiration so that the child’s inherent uniqueness and sense of purpose has the greatest opportunity to flourish.
A Love of Learning
Unique to Waldorf Schools, Main Lessons are topic blocks which are studied daily for up to two hours over four weeks. Main Lessons link subject matter to the phases of child development, which motivates and inspires a love of learning. Using cross-subject learning, Main Lessons create a deep, rich and broad appreciation for the topic being studied and enables our pupils to develop a broader understanding of the world in which we live and a positive sense of self
Creativity and Critical Thinking
The curriculum addresses all the multiple intelligences, including emotional literacy and kinaesthetic learning, while bringing into balance the attributes of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This develops analytical, logical and reasoning skills as education has always done, but also focuses on the development of imagination, creativity, memory and flexible thinking – skills highly prized in today’s society.
We place a great deal of importance on becoming responsible global citizens and we strive to teach two languages from the age of six years old. At the age of 14 years most pupils undertake an extended cultural and language exchange programme at a partner School abroad.