An academy trust selected to take over three failing Steiner schools is preparing to move them away from the Steiner Waldorf ethos that underpins them.
It was announced in June that the Avanti Schools Trust had been selected to run three state Steiner academies in the south west – Bristol (pictured), Exeter and Frome – after all three were placed in special measures by Ofsted.
We have made it clear from the beginning, they will first and foremost be Avanti schools. This is not Avanti joining the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, this is Steiner schools joining Avanti
The schools follow the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, which focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of pupils, with an emphasis on art and imagination. Pupils at Steiner schools also do not begin formal education until the age of six.
When the transfer to Avanti was announced, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, the umbrella body for Steiner schools, said the schools would remain Steiner under the new trust, and “carry forward our philosophy of Waldorf education, which sits at the heart of our ethos”.
However, with the transfer due to be completed in the coming weeks, Avanti has insisted it never intended to keep the schools Steiner.
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