Welcome Message from School Lead – Paul Merrell
I am privileged to be School Lead of this wonderful school and I am passionate about educating students in a positive and supportive environment. The opportunities for growth and development for students here are extensive, exciting and fun.
Most importantly, Elmfield students are happy – and happy children are successful children.
There is no doubt that those at Elmfield can excel academically. The grades they achieve at the end of their time with us are consistently above the local (and often national) picture. This is something of which we are immensely proud. However, fundamental to all we do is that this is no academic hothouse. These excellent grades are achieved without any of the undue pressure or ‘teaching to the test’ that may be found elsewhere.
Education is about so much more than cramming for assessments with the subsequent narrowing of teaching. We offer a broad curriculum which values nature and beauty: it often feels that you are as likely to find a class working in the Curriculum Garden or exploring the habitats of foxes and badgers in our grounds, as you are to see them within the classroom. We also teach, deeply, about understanding and morals. The school produces outstanding young people who are open to the joys of education and will contribute with individuality of thought and creativity to the society and world we cherish. A ‘Good’ Ofsted Inspection showed how skilfully the school has balanced the Steiner Waldorf curriculum and spirit with the end point of qualifications students can take forward on their own learning journeys.
In the future, Elmfield students will need to be able to try, and fail, and try again with a positive attitude. These are qualities that all at Elmfield develop through their time here and take with them for the rest of their lives.
This is a dynamic learning community where the children’s interests, happiness and wellbeing are our first considerations. The students are at the heart of everything we do, and we know that they feel valued and enriched by the experiences they share here.
Steiner himself was a strong advocate of us all being life-long learners and our duty, as educators, is to teach the children to the best of our abilities to succeed in the times in which they live. Steiner’s educational principles ring truer now than perhaps any time in the last 150 years.
Elmfield is an extraordinary place with extraordinary people; I invite you to visit our beautiful site and experience it for yourselves. It would be our privilege to educate your children here.