Steiner Academy Sussex Weald Initiative aims to provide diversity and choice for parents in State funded education and would offer children from 4 – 16 years of age in the Sussex area a renewed Steiner curriculum bringing it into the 21st century.
This is a commonsense education with artistic activity and development of the imagination as an integral part of learning, fundamentally based on how a human being develops in the formative years.
Our education vision is to have respect for childhood, and to nurture in the developing student respect for all human beings.
We aim to encourage a sound work ethic in order to achieve academic excellence.
In Steiner education the early years focus on routine, creative play and a connection with nature. From the ages of 7-14 all the core subjects are taught, parallel to many age appropriate activities, festival celebrations and nurturing connections amongst the pupils. These include foreign languages, games, crafts, music and drama which all play an important part in school life. From the ages 14-16 years the curriculum encourages further independent thinking which accompanies the academic challenges and rewards of study.
Who are we? The initiative for the Steiner Academy Sussex Weald arose out of conversations between like-minded parents who seek the benefits of this alternative form of education but who are currently limited because in our area it is only available within the independent sector.
Their desire eventually led to the setting up of a steering group formed of people with knowledge of the curriculum, teachers with experience in state and Steiner schools, and others with skills necessary to undertake the work required to put together an application to the DfE. These include publicity, finance and legal support. Working together in a voluntary capacity, the team is drawing in expertise and assistance as the initiative gathers momentum.