Bristol Steiner School in its historical surroundings
In the south west of England, the Bristol Steiner School has been offering Waldorf Education since 1973. Today it is a small, independent school for children from 3 to 11 years of age with a good OFSTED rating (OFSTED is the English School Inspectorate).
When a publicly funded Steiner Academy school opened nearby, many pupils left because the school fees for the Steiner School are a high hurdle to jump for many parents. From September 2017, Bristol Steiner School had to close its middle and upper school due to a shortage of pupils. Then, the next hurdle emerged: an unsatisfactory judgement from the schools’ inspectorate. Huge efforts, honest criticism and the courage to make a new start led to a good OFSTED result and a promising future began to open up. Then came CoVid-19.
Many of the school’s parents run small businesses or work in therapeutic professions and have been directly affected by the pandemic and now struggle to afford the school fees. Without support from theJoint Action: Corona Aid, the school would have closed. Yet, further support is needed.