Sports Grant Update
We are delighted to report that the sport’s grant we have received from the Department for Education will enable us to significantly upgrade our play ground facilities in the very near future and to introduce new games and activities.
The grant, aimed at improving sports and games provision for primary age children, has already contributed to the training costs of Daniel our games teacher, enabling him to bring new ideas to his colleagues and through them, the children. It has also enabled Nerea, an expert in traditional folk games such as French or elastic skipping, to get the children and the teachers moving in unusual ways.
The bulk of the money, however, will be spent on a `Climbing Log Tangle`, a free-standing construction of logs, netting and tyres. The benefits of climbing to the development of better co-ordination, agility and fitness are well documented. The clever design means that the whole construction will move with us to Thomas Hall in eighteen month time. It will become a feature of break and lunch times and also of games with the younger children for years to come.
We are delighted to announce that the purchase of Thomas Hall was completed on 4th April 2014. Planning permission was granted by Exeter City Council in March, so now it’s full steam ahead for work to start on building our new, permanent home in time for the 2015 autumn term.
We are delighted to have this opportunity to breathe new life into this beautiful building and site. It will be a wonderful environment for children, with tremendous scope for us to develop those aspects of our curriculum that really come alive in the great outdoors. Experiential and practical education are an essential part of who we are. Gardening, green-wood turning, meteorology, food science and surveying are just some of the subjects that will thrive at Thomas Hall.
The school intends to return the hall’s extensive walled garden to its former glory and will be able to pursue a garden-to-table approach, endeavouring to feed pupils and staff from its own produce.
Thomas Hall, previously known as Great Duryard, was most recently a university hall of residence but has stood empty for some years. In the late1940′s an arboretum was planted in the grounds.
Our vision is to provide diversity and educational choice to the people of Exeter by opening an all-through Steiner school, educating children from age 4 to 16 (624 pupils in total) within class sizes of between 17 & 26.
The school will be accessible to all, regardless of background, income, ability, faith, gender or any other consideration. Particular emphasis is given to creativity, including creative thinking and problem-solving.
Teaching methods are designed to draw out the potential of the child within the context of collaborative learning, enabling skills and social aptitudes to be developed side by side.
We are delighted to report that the sport’s grant we have received from the Department for Education will enable us to significantly upgrade our play ground facilities in the very near future and to introduce new games and activities. The grant, aimed at improving sports and games provision for primary age children, has already contributed to […]Read more here
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Please see below a selection of videos relating to the Academy and Steiner education in general. We hope that you find them of interest.
An ITN comissioned short film looking at some of the key features of a Steiner School.
Some supporting comments and views regarding the Free School Application by the Steiner Academy Exeter.