Parents' Information

Parents' Handbooks

Welcome to the Steiner Academy Exeter. We are one of thirty-five Steiner schools in the UK (also known as Waldorf schools), and over 1,200 world-wide. Of the UK Steiner schools, we are one of four that is state-funded. We have academy status and were set up under the Free Schools programme in 2013.

Our mission is to support children in developing to their fullest potential as motivated, confident, selfreliant and responsible individuals with a life-long love of learning and a strong sense of the contribution that they can make to society.

We aim to achieve this by developing the educational insights of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, using a curriculum and methodology that recognise the child's developmental stages and the need to work with head, heart and hand, thinking, feeling and willing: the creative, active and academic in balance.

This handbook describes the key aspects of school life and is a reference document for parents. It will be updated periodically and proposed amendments or additions are always welcome. We hope that it supports you in your work as a parent and contributes to the smooth running of the Academy.

Alan Swindell


Absences and Attendance


If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or other circumstances, please inform the school before 9.00am on the day and every day thereafter. Please either email or phone 01392 757371 and leave a message on the school answer phone, selecting the absence option from the menu.

If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea, then they need to be absent from school for 48 hours after the last incident. Please still contact the school each day that your child is absent.

Absences due to appointments

We expect that all routine doctor and dentist appointments are arranged outside of school hours. If this is not possible and your child has to attend an appointment in school time, you will need to give the school at least 24 hours' notice. This needs to be done by filling out and signing an S2 form, which are available at reception or you can download (.pdf) here.

For emergency appointments you must inform the school and arrange to fill out and sign an S2 form as soon as possible.


The law requires that parents ensure all children of compulsory school age attend school during term-time. We regard any unnecessary absence as educationally detrimental.

In exceptional circumstances, a request for pupil absence may be made to the Principal. Requests for absence from school should be made at least 2 weeks before the requested absence begins and should be made on an S2 form that is available from reception or download (.pdf) here.

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