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.

Latest News

Lancaster Steiner School – a “nurturing” and “happy school”.

Congratulations to all at Lancaster Steiner School following the publication of their latest Ofsted inspection report. It said: "Pupils thrive in this nurturing school environment. This is a happy school. Pupils are articulate and spoke about the importance of the positive relationships that they have with staff." "Pupils rise to leaders’ high expectations of their behaviour and … [Read More...] about Lancaster Steiner School – a “nurturing” and “happy school”.

Diversity and Inclusion in Waldorf Schools.

SWSF and the schools we represent strive to be inclusive, non-discriminatory and respectful of difference. We promote social justice, human rights and equity, teaching children to be open-minded, tolerant and to celebrate diversity. Waldorf education seeks to create a learning community in which our children can grow to be (and encounter others who are) entirely and authentically themselves. … [Read More...] about Diversity and Inclusion in Waldorf Schools.

A Thank you to the Windrush Generation.

Today we celebrate the arrival 75 years ago of the first of the 'Windrush generation' who came in their thousands from the Caribbean on HMT Empire Windrush with hope in their hearts for a new life and willingness to support Britain rebuild after the 2nd world war. Their determination, resilience and dignity in the face of horrendous racism and ingratitude is an example to us all. We thank them … [Read More...] about A Thank you to the Windrush Generation.

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