The School

Welcome Message from Interim School Lead – Simon Birch

As an experienced school leader in the mainstream, advisor to several Steiner Waldorf Schools and former School Lead at St Paul’s Steiner School, I feel privileged to be helping the fantastic provision that is Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School.

My role is to offer strong leadership and a sense of stability. Crucially I am tasked with succession planning and supporting an incoming School Lead. The school is well established historically and in terms of functioning. A highly skilled and committed staff, a supportive parent group and a vibrant pupil population are established. A ‘Good’ Ofsted Inspection showed how skilfully the school has balanced the Steiner Waldorf curriculum and spirit with the end point of qualifications pupils can take forward on their own learning journey’s.

Steiner himself was a strong advocate of us all being life-long learners and our duty as educators is to teach the Young People to the best of our abilities to succeed in the times in which they live. While the school (and the entire Steiner Waldorf movement) distances itself firmly from Steiner’s offensive views on race, his educational principles ring truer now than perhaps any time in the last 150 years.

Education is about so much more than cramming for tests and narrowing of teaching. We offer a broad curriculum which values nature and beauty. We teach 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.

I welcome any communication on simon.birch@elmfield.com