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Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh
60 Spylaw Road, EH10 5BR, UK Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 337 3410

The School

The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School, on a green and leafy campus on the south side of the city, is an independent, fee-paying school with 360 places for children aged from 3 to 18. Pupils follow an international curriculum and are presented for GCSE, SQA Standard Grade, Intermediate and Higher examinations.

The education, based on the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, emphasises personal responsibility and social awareness. Regular exchanges are held with other European schools, French and German are taught from age six, and each year a number of pupils from abroad attend the Upper School.

One of 874 Steiner schools world-wide, the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School was founded over 60 years ago in 1939. It is subject to HMIe inspections.

The education offered at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School strives to engage and nourish each child's innate curiosity and love of learning. It offers a balance of academic, artistic and practical activities.

The central aim of the education is to equip young people emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, not only to meet the future but to play a part in shaping it.


The Kindergarten

Our distinctive Kindergarten building, purpose-built in 1990, lies at the heart of the school grounds, not as a small-scale copy of the adult world but providing an environment that keeps in mind the needs of the child to create, initiate and imagine.

Each of the four Kindergarten rooms has its own cloakroom facilities, its own cooking area and its own entrance to a large communal garden with swings, a sandpit, lawn and fruit trees.

The rhythm of daily life is simple and unhurried, with imagination and initiative free to unfold unhindered by such notions as "achievement", "success" and "failure." The rich imagery of fairy-tales, poetry, plays and songs nourish the child's language and feelings.

Circle games and outdoor play increase physical strength, agility and grace while seasonal festivals foster a meaningful connection with nature. Kindergarten education at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School is comprehensive and stimulating, encouraging the school's youngest children to be at ease with themselves and to be eager, creative and responsive when they begin their formal education in the Lower School.


Lower School

Children who enter the Lower School in Class 1 have eight consecutive years to benefit from the relationship with the same class teacher. The teacher provides stability and the continuity in the child's school life up to the age of 14.

Each morning starts, after singing, poetry and instrumental music, with a one-and- three-quarter hour period called the Main Lesson. During this lesson one subject is studied continuously for three to four weeks. Core curriculum subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics, history, geography and the sciences are taught in this manner as well as topics such as house building, farming, mythology, botany and astronomy.

The Main Lesson, allows the children to immerse themselves fully in a subject. They learn to explore subjects from many different angles, intellectual, artistic and practical perspectives. The Main Lesson is followed by shorter subject lessons. The timetable is structured to provide a balance between academic, artistic and practical activities while manual dexterity is encouraged through work with textiles, wood, clay and other materials. Each child learns to play an instrument and there are class orchestras, a school orchestra, junior and senior choirs. Most classes work on at least one play each year. Eurythmy, an art of movement unique to Steiner schools, is practised throughout the Lower School. Team games and gymnastics are well catered for.


The Upper School


From thermodynamics to philosophy, from trigonometry to the history of architecture, the broad spectrum covered by all Upper School pupils in their daily Main Lesson encourages a full understanding of the world and of the ideas and concepts which have shaped our history.

The curriculum of the Upper School evolves to accommodate the adolescent's emerging capacity for analytical thought. All subjects are taught by specialists who expect their pupils to exhibit an increasing degree of independent thinking, mature expression and responsible action.

Alongside the Main Lessons and examination courses a programme of arts, crafts and drama also takes place. Art is not reserved for the "gifted" or for those who cannot cope with more academic disciplines. A love and understanding of the arts enhances the quality of every life and provides a source of inner strength with which to meet life's adversities. Guidance, including careers advice, is given by the Upper School staff as a whole and by the class guardian in particular. A class guardian acts as mentor to one class throughout its time in the Upper School. Science, art and religion take, though taught separately, the spiritual nature of humanity as their starting point. Increased intellectual content, practical and artistic expression always accompany scientific study.


Pupils are accepted on the basis of an interview at which we try to gain an all round picture of each child and to gauge whether he or she will fit comfortably into the social fabric of the class. There is no entrance examination. All successful applicants are accepted on a three month trial basis. more..

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