Steiner (Waldorf) education is the fastest-growing non-denominational educational movement in the world. There are Steiner schools on every continent. Steiner education works in the suburbs of Stockholm, the thriving cities of Brazil, the townships of South Africa and in the ancient cities of Japan. It works in Cambridge too!
Steiner education is based on profound insight into the child’s developmental, age-specific needs and capabilities. Founded by Rudolf Steiner, in Central Europe in 1919, Steiner schools today are more relevant than ever.
The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe.
With many exciting projects on all continents. Keep your ears and eyes open, and be part of the movement: 100 years are just the beginning!
Steiner schools provide continuity of education for children up to age 18 (depending on the uptake in any particular location) and welcome families from all cultural backgrounds and faiths.
They are all co-educational and comprehensive; offering a non-streamed approach to learning. Thus the classroom becomes a microcosm of society, reflecting different cultures, faiths and abilities, striving to live in harmony and learning not only from the teacher but also from each other.
At Cambridge Steiner School children acquire knowledge in all the areas of conventional education (maths, science, literacy, and other subjects on the National Curriculum).
But they also gain something extra:
Children enjoy an unhurried childhood.
Visit our school and watch the children at play. You’ll see children who delight in being allowed to live in the moment, who are free to explore nature and to go where their wide-eyed sense of wonder and imagination takes them. In our frenetic world, where pushing children to “hurry up or fall behind” has become the norm, Steiner education takes the view that childhood is something to be savoured. Free to develop according to their own natural rhythms, Steiner-educated children enjoy full and rich childhoods, gaining the experiences they need to become healthy, self-actualized individuals.
Love and Pleasure of Learning
Formal learning (desk-based learning) is delayed until the age of six or seven years allowing pupils to develop literacy, numeracy and social skills through play-based learning in the Kindergarten. When they enter the Lower School, our pupils are ready to embrace formal learning.
Education is not measured by competition and test scores but is viewed as a life-long journey. And an educational approach that appropriately responds to a child’s natural interest in the world cannot help but result in an intrinsic desire to find out more.
In-depth Study Enriches Learning Experiences
Teachers teach to the whole child – and each lesson is revealed in a three-fold manner: through 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 fine arts and practical arts so that a child is not only intellectually engaged but emotionally and aesthetically invested in their learning.
Fostering Lifelong Respect for the Earth and a Deep Appreciation for Nature’s Bounty and Fellow Human Beings
Our school embraces and encourages outdoor time as part of a school’s daily curriculum through extended recess time, environmental study, service work, outdoor education, or time spent tending the school garden – the benefits are well-documented.
In Steiner education, the nature connection is also about showing children the natural rhythms of life and revealing our kinship with all living things. It is about careful observation to see what the natural world has to teach. And finally, it is about stewardship and understanding our place as humans collectively, and as individuals, who care take the natural realm.
"The new generation should not just be made to be what present society wants it to become." - Rudolf Steiner
The goal in Steiner education is to expose children to a wide range of experiences and to develop within them many interests and capabilities. This, in turn, leads to well-balanced young people with high levels of confidence in their ability to apply the skills developed in one area to another are, and the knowledge that they can master anything.
A Steiner education is a unique experience that will enable your child to be practically and emotionally confident as well as academically successful – to engage fully with the world and to see challenges as opportunities.