Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship is an association of independent schools, early years settings and a state funded academy across the UK and Ireland offering Steiner Waldorf education.

Our schools and early years settings form part of an international movement that draws its inspiration from the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner. Begun in one school in Germany in 1919 there are now over 1000 schools and early years settings worldwide in 90+ countries including China, USA, India, the Middle East and most European countries.

A creative from of education, it interweaves artistic and physical activity with academic learning. Its aim is to engage children in the way they naturally learn at each stage of their development. In this way knowledge and skills are gained with enthusiasm and joy to create a love of learning that lasts a life-time. Formal learning starts at age six in line with most countries around the world, allowing time for the younger child to develop through play, imitation and self-exploration and as a foundation for wellbeing.

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Community is our strength.

Many parents are drawn to Waldorf schools because of their warmth and strength of community. A grass roots educational movement that is now worldwide, schools have often been started as an initiative by parents and teachers working together. Once the school is established enough to transition onto a more professional footing that sense of community remains strong, as illustrated by this short film … [Read More...] about Community is our strength.

Laurel Farm is ‘outstanding’ say Ofsted.

Congratulations to Laurel Farm Kindergarten which has been judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for a second time.. Inspectors were full of praise for the early years setting nestled in the Cam Valley in Somerset. "Children positively thrive in this beautiful and well-designed kindergarten. They all make excellent progress, as staff take time to get to really know and understand the children. … [Read More...] about Laurel Farm is ‘outstanding’ say Ofsted.

Waldorf 100

In 2019 we celebrated a hundred years of Steiner Waldorf education.
It is now the fastest growing education movement in the world.

Watch our film here.

Watch the Waldorf 100 Video on YouTube