Above Average Exam Results
Steiner pupils consistently achieve Higher results far above the national average. In 2011, our pupils achieved an A-C Higher pass rate of 96% against a national average of 74%. Last year, more than 50% of our final year pupils achieved 5 Grade As, or better, at Higher.
A Curriculum that Spans 12 years
Secondary education flows naturally from what has been taught before. Pupils move into the Upper School at the age of 14 years when they are prepared to cope well with its different demands. With the school located in the beautiful grounds of one single campus, the transition between the Lower School and Upper School is seamless.
Unique to Steiner Schools, these are topic blocks which are studied daily for up to two hours over four weeks. Main Lessons link subject matter to the phases of child development, which motivates and inspires a love of learning. Using cross-subject learning, Main Lessons create a deep, rich and broad appreciation for the topic being studied.
Development of In Demand Skills
The curriculum addresses all the multiple intelligences, including emotional literacy and kinaesthetic learning, while bringing into balance the attributes of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This develops analytical, logical and reasoning skills as education has always done, but also focuses on the development of imagination, creativity, memory and flexible thinking – skills highly prized in today’s society.
Formal Learning is Delayed
We delay the start of formal (desk based learning) until the age of six or even seven years allowing pupils to develop literacy, numeracy and social skills through play-based learning in the Kindergarten. Starting school later is hugely beneficial to development because, when they do enter the Lower School, our pupils are ready to embrace formal learning. Classes are therefore arranged in age groups which differ from other schools.
French and German Lessons are Taught from the Age of Six Years
The emphasis on helping pupils to become responsible world citizens means there is also a strong international focus throughout the school. Exchange programmes with other Steiner Schools are common as well as an extended visit to a French or German speaking country at the age of 14 years.
Studies show that the development of fine motor skills in early childhood is linked to later cognitive ability. Practical work with wood, clay, textiles and other materials feature at every level of the school. By teaching children to knit when they are six, we are actually building their capacity for independent thought when they are 16.
No Academic Entrance Exam
In contrast to Edinburgh's other independent schools, our admissions procedure means we welcome pupils of all academic abilities and value them for what they bring to the school community.