Classes Application Process
We accept applications at any time and operate an ‘all year’ admissions policy, admitting children and young people throughout the year, depending on availability of spaces.
We have combined classes across two year groups. See more information on Class ages.
The application process is as follows:
1. Book a Visit
Book a Visit where you can find out more about Steiner Education, tour the School and see the Classes in action.
2. Complete the Application Form
Complete and return the Application Form. There is no fee to do so, and no obligation to take your application further.
3. Meet the Teachers
We invite you for a Parent/Teacher Meeting where you meet the Class Teacher and talk about your child.
4. Try out a Taster Week
We ask each child or young person to spend a Taster Week at the School in the relevant Class before any decision is made. This provides the wider teaching team with an opportunity to meet your child. After your child’s visit you may be invited to a further meeting with the Teacher.
Taster Weeks are a free part of our Admissions Process and can help you and your child find out what to expect if they embark on the next stage of their educational journey with us.
Children and young people usually spend a whole week, or two, in their Class getting a real feel for the School and Steiner Education. Each day starts with a two hour Main Lesson where the core curriculum content is delivered with a rich multi sensory balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content. Main Lesson is with the Class Teacher in Lower School, and with specialist Subject Teachers in Upper School.
After morning break they spend the rest of the day between Special Subject lessons with our specialist teachers covering (depending on their age) Music, Spanish, Handwork (craft), Woodwork, Bothmer (movement), Art, Games, Maths and English , and in extra sessions with their Class Teacher covering painting, modelling and extra work on literacy and numeracy.
Our Classes are small and friendly and are always happy to welcome new visitors. We’ll send you and your child a timetable and information before your Taster Week to help you both picture what your child can expect to see and do with us. This can help ease any nerves and feel more able to join in and be a part of things.
Contact us to schedule your Taster Week and we’ll arrange dates to suit you and send you a letter you can give your child’s current School if needed. We always recommend you Visit Us first before your child’s Taster Week.
Following the Taster Week the teachers will make a decision on admission.
5. Offer of a Place
Following a successful Taster Week we will contact you with an Offer of a Place and start date. You then fill in an Acceptance Form and pay a deposit of £300 to secure your place and a non-refundable administration fee of £60 to facilitate the registration process.
The deposit is returnable when your child leaves the School as long as a full term’s notice has been given in writing. (If we have no places available at this point we will put you on our waiting list, as unanticipated openings do occur during the year.)
*If the child you are applying for is already in our Kindergartens, you are not required to pay the administration fee or deposit.
6. Parent Interview
We’ll invite you to Parent Interview where you have the opportunity to discuss the admission of your child with the Teacher.
The Parent Interview is unique to Steiner Education. It’s an opportunity for you and your Teacher to talk and get to know each other, and to build a comprehensive picture of your child, their development, interests, challenges, goals and hopes from the School and future.
You’ll also look at the admission of your child and their settling in process, an experience that is different for each child and young person. The Teacher will be able to suggest things to make this process easier if it is an area of concern for you or your child.
The conversation can be as detailed or as simple as you like. Your Teacher will also talk with you about how the School runs, how information is shared between School and home, and how you can get involved.
You will also have a Registration Interview where we go through a breakdown of your fees and payment and fill in the Registration Contract.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Robinson in our Admissions Office, who will be pleased to help.