Steiner School one step closer

Children in class at the Lancaster Steiner School.
Children in class at the Lancaster Steiner School.

Lancaster Steiner School’s free school application is one step nearer to success as it prepares for a visit from a Department for Education advisor.

A successful bid would mean the school providing free education to local children from September 2014.

Parents interested in registering interest in a place at the school can still do so by completing the survey at www.lancastersteineracademy.org.uk

The visit demonstrates that the school has submitted a strong bid.

The advisor will assess the quality of teaching and student progress in the school.

Representatives from Lancaster Steiner School will then attend interviews in London.

Louise Duirwyn, head of the free school bid and also a parent and former teacher at the school, said: “We’ve developed an exciting and innovative curriculum that we are really proud of, and a strong application for free school status which got very good feedback from advisors.

“There are now three Steiner free schools in the UK which are proving to be very successful and we would love to see this option free to the families of Lancaster as well.”

Lancaster Steiner School offers an alternative holistic education that takes into account the needs of the whole child: academic, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Children at the Steiner School begin formal education a little later than their state school peers, at age six, which the school’s supporters say means children are more mature and able to learn reading, writing and arithmetic without stress.

Within a very short period of time they are working at the same level as their state school peers.

Steiner education has now been made free in New Zealand and Holland and is widely available in many other countries.

If successful in their free school status bid, the school will offer maximum class sizes of 20 and a green, environmentally friendly approach to education.

Steiner study includes all the subjects in the UK national curriculum, and feedback from secondary schools attended by former Lancaster Steiner School pupils regarding their transition has been excellent as have academic achievements.