Education is a journey not a race.
Help our school to survive as the only Steiner school in the North West and to be as inclusive as we have always been by offering bursaries to widen access.
Lancaster Steiner School is a small friendly school situated in the centre of Lancaster, and the only Steiner School in the North West. We run toddler groups, a Kindergarten for 3 – 6 year olds, and a primary school for 6 – 11 year olds.
We are the ONLY Steiner School in the North West of England, and the only school regionally offering a real alternative to target-driven education, providing an education which is holistic, nurturing and creative. We are a non-selective and non-denominational school, welcoming pupils of all academic abilities and backgrounds.
We believe that education is a journey and not a race. We teach the whole child, through the ‘head, heart and hands.’ We teach literacy and numeracy when the children are ready to learn, though we do prepare them for it through craft and play. Our School Inspection Service Report says that our school ….
‘provides a good education for its pupils, which includes a number of outstanding features and is much appreciated by parents. ‘
Why do we need crowdfunding?
Lancaster Steiner School is funded solely by parents’ fees (the majority of which receive fee-assisted places), fundraising events and donations. We receive no state or other funding. As a small school the loss of families to other parts of both the UK and Europe has been sharply felt this year, and we need crowdfunding to cover an income shortfall this year, until new (expected) pupils start next year
Some comments about the school from past pupils and parents
‘Before I started at steiner, I was a shy, quiet little girl who was really scared of school because of the past 2 years in the state school system. Steiner school really helped me come out of my shell, slowly, over the 5 years I was there, I developed into a young girl who was sure of herself, of who she was, and of what mattered. This helped me get through the rocky early teens in a state high school, and become who I am today. Looking at other people my age, I am very thankful that I had the chance to go to the Steiner school because I have a sort of confidence that most of my friends struggle with. I truly think Steiner completely changed my life, and made me who I am today. Maia, ex-pupil, doing her A-levels.
‘I think Lancaster Steiner School went a huge way to getting me where I am today. I think that Steiner education supports a child's inner personality and encourages whatever that may be completely, giving the child the confidence and the ability to continue this even after leaving. I think this has been the main factor in my success in the dramatic arts….My ability to take responsibility for my learning, combined with the confidence to seek feedback, support and knowledge from others as I follow my interests is something which I developed through my relationship with my class teacher during my time at Lancaster Steiner School……I believe that Lancaster Steiner School broadened my mind, and allowed me to learn a lot of things that I would not necessarily have learnt through the mainstream curriculum. I owe a lot to the school and I hope future students take as much out of it as I did.’ Freya, ex-pupil, doing A-levels and heading for Cambridge.
My experience at Lancaster Steiner School gave me ability to adapt to different situations and the ability to confront new challenges that arise. It has given be a broad basis in education and led to my enjoyment of learning throughout my childhood. This resulted in me going to university with the hope of achieving a first class degree. My school experience has impacted on my independence giving me the confidence to travel to Malawi on my own to volunteer in an orphanage. I think going to Lancaster Steiner school has made me into a well-rounded confident individual. Ex-pupil Eller at university, heading for a first class degree.
‘My son absolutely loved the whole experience, the experientiaand educational philosophy, the nurturing ‘whole child’ approach, the emphasis on the natural environment around him and the curriculum which drew out and helped him develop his creative talents and inner self…. At the year 7 Parents Evening he received very positive feedback from all his teachers. What stands out are reports of his enthusiasm for learning, his attentiveness, his creativity, his support of others in the class group and his respect for his environment and the person ‘in charge’. I am sure that amongst other nature/nurture factors his Steiner school experience is a considerable factor in who he is today and why his new school have experienced him so positively this year.’ Ex-parent whose son is now at secondary school.
Lancaster Steiner School employs 2 Kindergarten teachers, 3 Lower School teachers, 2 assistants, 1 afternoon club co-ordinator, 1 Bursar, 1 administrator and 1 Music teacher, all very skilled, and almost all part-time. The school is governed by the Council of Trustees, 7 volunteers with a broad range of skills and experience. Parents also contribute hugely to school activities and organisation.
If we exceed our target amount, we will contribute any additional money raised towards the Bursary Fund to subsidise fees for parents on low incomes.