Come along to the whole school open day and find out what makes Steiner Waldorf education different. No SATs; pupils make their own main lesson books; pupils enjoy a balanced curriculum with art, crafts, movement and academics, pupils stay with teachers for longer and so much more.
See the classrooms, artwork and work from the educational journey children undertake, from the outstanding early years departments right through to the upper school, where GCSE subjects are taught alongside the broad upper school curriculum.
Brighton Steiner School is registered for pupils from aged 2 and 6 months to 16, with additional Parent and Child and Parent and Baby groups that you can attend. Our welcoming small groups are a gentle start your Steiner educational journey lovely way to spend a morning in a warm environment with well deserved support and a nice cup of tea! We have some spaces in parent and child & baby groups apply here.
The Early Years: Kindergarten
We currently have spaces in our outstanding early years kindergartens, Beech Tree, Cherry Tree and Willow Tree which welcome children from age 3 years 6 months to age 6. Little Kindergarten now welcomes children 2 years 6 months up to 3 years 6 months old. The kindergartens follow the Steiner Waldorf early years curriculum enriched by daily walks which are recognized as exemplary practice by Brighton and Hove’s sustainable travel team.
Lower and Middle school classes 1-8 (pupils aged 7-14)
Pupils start class 1 in their seventh year, much like the highly regarded educational system in Norway. Pupils can stay, without changing schools, right until the upper school where they have complete GCSE’s. Pupils generally stay with teachers in the lower and middle school for a few years, rather than change teacher every year as in most schools. See more about the Lower School here.
A pupils observations from a chemistry main lesson.
In the upper school, pupils have a class guardian and are taught by more specialist teachers, The Steiner Upper School Curriculum covers geography, anthropology, biology, physics, chemistry, French, German, drama, music, history and craft. It provides the opportunity for students to develop a broad knowledge base through philosophical, practical and scientific inquiry, as well as preparing for GCSE examinations. See more on the curriculum here.
“Looking back, the thing that struck me when I first walked into the school all those years ago, was the feeling it brought up in me. The environment felt warm and was significantly different to any school I had walked in before. The kindergarten walls were pink and the toys natural; the children were happily absorbed in play and craft work; they were obviously well cared for. I sensed instantly that childhood is valued here. I knew then that I wanted them to have a Steiner Waldorf education. I wish I could have gone to a Steiner school! I subsequently sent all 3 of my children to Brighton Steiner School. I am so glad that I chose Steiner education for them, they are now rounded confident individuals who know their strengths and are not afraid to work hard when they find things more challenging. When he left our eldest became the head-boy at an engineering college. ” J.B.
Above: One of the colourful classrooms at Brighton Steiner school.