Norwich Steiner School aims to offer:
A rich and valid alternative to mainstream education, respectful of individual difference, which nurtures free and creative thinking, within the framework of an established and accredited qualification pathway.
Reflect our Steiner heritage, our cultural context, and the world we strive to create as a result of the education the pupils receive.
- Safety – A safe environment creates freedom for learning.
- Teachers have an awareness of the developmental stages of children and aim to bring pedagogical material at a time, and in a manner, that meets the developing needs of the child.
- Pupils feel safe, feel known, and recognised as individuals.
- Pupils know that staff care about them, want to listen to them, and support them.
- Pupils are empowered to make good decisions which support their and others safety, both in and out of school, and online.
- Curiosity – A love of learning, an interest in others, and the world, supports pupils to become balanced, open-minded, and free-thinking young adults.
- Teachers strive to bring the curriculum in a manner that encourages curiosity, an inquisitive nature, and develops a life-long love of learning.
- Pupils become reflective learners, developing resilience, tenacity, and a growth-mindset as their curiosity leads to greater self-awareness.
- Pupils take an interest in others, developing empathy and compassion, based on a rich understanding of the world around them.
- Creativity – Imagination and creativity are recognised as essential aspects of our humanity, and are fundamental tenets of the curriculum, supporting the balanced development of pupils.
- Teachers strive to teach all subjects in a creative and imaginative way.
- Pupils develop their creativity, bringing balance to their personal development and critical thinking skills.
- Creativity is celebrated, valued, and understood as an important aspect of being human.
- Respect – We believe that everyone deserves and has the right to be treated with respect. Developing respectful manners and attitudes inspires a harmonious learning environment, as well as raising pupil’s self-esteem.
- Pupils are treated with kindness, understanding, and respect by teachers and are expected to demonstrate this to each other.
- Teachers are supportive of each other, guiding each other’s professional development, and working in a collegiate manner.
- Subjects are given equal respect and there is no hierarchy of learning.
- We expect pupils and staff to treat their immediate and the wider environment with respect. In practise this means taking care of resources and being conscious of their impact on the world.
- We foster a respectful relationship with our community, whether they are neighbours, local businesses, parents and supporters, or the wider community of Norwich.