SWSF

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

“York Steiner School is a community of warmth, tolerance and nurture”.

In its recent report, Ofsted was full of praise for the culture and strength of curriculum at York Steiner School. This included strong development of both its academic and artistic subjects. It highlighted how children of all abilities achieve equally well. Inspectors said: "Pupils here feel safe and, to a very high degree, happy. They know each other well, and they are taught and looked … [Read More...] about “York Steiner School is a community of warmth, tolerance and nurture”.

Several Steiner schools offer the internationally recognised New Zealand Steiner Certificate as an alternative to GCSEs and A Levels

Find out more here about the experiences of upper school pupils at Cardiff Steiner School who have chosen this certificate over traditonal exams: Life at Wales' alternative school for children who have never sat an exam and pay thousands of pounds for the privilege - Wales Online … [Read More...] about Several Steiner schools offer the internationally recognised New Zealand Steiner Certificate as an alternative to GCSEs and A Levels

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