Would you like to find out more about Steiner education in Nottingham? What makes Iona School so special? You are invited to attend our Open Morning on Thursday 13th October 2016. Tour the Kindergarten, classrooms and school gardens before gathering for a Q & A session. Parents and carers welcome. To register ring Dominique Allen, Admissions Manager on 0115 9415295.

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13. July 2016 · Comments Off on Iona School September 2016 Open Morning · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Junior schools nottingham, Nature, Open Mornings, Play, Primary schools Nottingham

Would you like to find out more about Steiner education in Nottingham? What makes Iona School so special? You are invited to attend our Open Morning on Thursday 22nd September 2016. Tour the Kindergarten, classrooms and school gardens before gathering for a Q & A session. Parents and carers welcome. To register ring Dominique Allen, Admissions Manager on 0115 9415295.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/14/steiner-schools-children-tablets-tech#comment-76333680

23. February 2016 · Comments Off on IONA STEINER SCHOOL ‘OUTSTANDING’ SAY INSPECTORS · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Inspection, Junior schools nottingham, Open Mornings, Play, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education

23rd February 2016

IONA STEINER SCHOOL ‘OUTSTANDING’ SAY INSPECTORS

Inspectors have praised The Iona School in Nottingham after it was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all five categories.

The visit by the School Inspection Service (SIS), from February 2-4, found teaching and the curriculum to be outstanding. There is a strong culture of school self-evaluation and improvement and the pastoral care is excellent.

The Iona School is part of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF); it is the first Steiner school to be judged outstanding in all categories under the new Common Inspection Framework.

Fiona Stuart, School Manager, said: “We are delighted with the findings of the SIS inspectors; at Iona School, our ethos is to give the children self confidence, love of learning, an ability to work with others and enduring and practical skills. This report is a excellent endorsement of our pupils’ hard work and the outstanding support they receive from staff, trustees and parents.”

Other SIS observations included:

• “School leaders are visionary”

• “Leadership and management are outstanding”

• “Pupils are rightly appreciative of the inspirational teaching they receive”

• “A number of pupils said that they missed school during school holidays and were delighted when it was time to return”

Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF) said: “The inspectors’ findings are a testament to everyone involved at Iona Steiner School and are confirmation that the Steiner approach to education produces well-rounded pupils, a safe environment and supportive community.”

Read the full report here

ENDS

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Editors’ notes

Iona Steiner School
The Iona School is founded on the educational ideas and spiritual world-view of the philosopher and educator, Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925).
The first school based on Rudolf Steiner’s indications was founded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. This was in response to a request to provide education for children of the workers of the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory – hence the name Steiner Waldorf. The Iona School was founded in Nottingham in 1985. After spending its first year in temporary accommodation, the school moved to its present site. The school has grown and developed over the years and is a member of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF).

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22. September 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Cultivating a love of learning’ campaign for Iona school on the silverline buses! · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Open Mornings, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education

‘Cultivating a love of learning’ bus advert campaign for Iona School

Have you spotted the silverline bus carrying our Iona School publicity poster yet? Here are some examples snapped around Nottingham city centre….let us know when you spot it. Or even better, post a photo of it !

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15. June 2015 · Comments Off on The June issue of The Grapevine: Iona School’s community newsletter · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Open Mornings, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education, The Grapevine newsletter

The Grapevine Newsletter June 2015

10. March 2015 · Comments Off on Iona School’s Open Morning Thursday 12th March 9.30am-12noon · Categories: Junior schools nottingham, Open Mornings, Steiner education

Come and visit our Kindergarten and main school classes, take a tour of the buildings and stop off at the school’s gardens ( ‘the Land’) and back for a Q & A and warm drink. To register ring Dominique Allen on 0115 9415295.

09. September 2014 · Comments Off on SWSF Press Release in response to BBC Newsnight article 04.08.2014 · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Open Mornings, Steiner education

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-28646118

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship Press Release
1.8.14

The Department for Education (DfE) has been ordered by an information tribunal to release departmental advice dating from 2010 following an appeal by the British Humanist Association. This information comprises two short briefing papers setting out the views of opponents of the public funding of Steiner Waldorf education, specifically through the government’s “free school” programme. The two papers, dated August & September 2010, include a number of allegations received by the DfE but without detail or corroboration. The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship is aware of & seeks to refute several allegations recorded in these papers.
Individuals & organizations opposed to the public funding of Steiner schools accuse Rudolf Steiner, who died in 1925, of having held racist views & claim that the educational method within SWSF member schools is racist. While the superficial reading of a handful of Steiner’s voluminous, extensive lectures present statements that appear racist in modern terms, none of these occur in his educational writings. Our schools do not tolerate racism. Racist views do not accord with Steiner’s longer term vision of a society in which such distinctions would be entirely irrelevant & modern Steiner Waldorf schools deplore all forms of intolerance, aiming to educate in a spirit of respect & to encourage open-hearted regard for others among the children they educate.
The allegation has also been made that bullying is tolerated by teachers in Steiner Waldorf schools. Bullying is not tolerated by our schools and all our schools have strong anti-bullying policies, informed by the appropriate DfE guidance. This is illustrated by our members’ inspection reports. Steiner teachers work with all aspects of the child’s development and place value on enabling children to explore & learn about the widest possible range of human endeavour & knowledge as they mature. We recognise the need to provide a safe & sociable environment for children to become resilient, creative & effective adults who retain a lifelong thirst for learning. Any reference to a child’s “karma” that suggests that this explains or excuses bullying is incorrect & unacceptable in an educational context. In contrast to the allegations, the recent inspection report for the Steiner Academy Frome, found Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are confident and happy in school, which they describe as ‘a big family’. They consider that pupils’ behaviour is ‘generally good’. They know the boundaries and that the principal will not tolerate any form of bullying. Pupils say that they do not experience any bullying. Adults deal swiftly with any incidents of name calling or unintentional physical contact. (http://www.steineracademyfrome.co.uk/files/5113/9506/2330/Steiner_Academy_Frome_Ofsted_Report_March_2014.pdf)
The SWSF works to support its members in maintaining the highest possible standards in an ethos informed by Steiner’s philosophy, although this is not taught in the schools. For example, the following points are highlighted from a formal inspection report conducted in the summer term:
[The school] provides extremely well for pupils personal development by extending their knowledge & experience of local & wider society & their appreciation of other cultures…it encourages independent learning & research skills to flourish…so that pupils are very well prepared for the next phase of their education [&] enables pupils to achieve very high standards in music, eurythmy & observational drawing & the use of twenty-first century multi-media & information technology in their project work (http://www.schoolinspectionservice.co.uk/new/docs/GreenwichSteinerInspectionReportMay2014.pdf)
Similarly:
Pupils achieve well throughout the school, reaching above expected levels in English & mathematics & in the other subjects they take in year 11…..Older students develop strong independent working & thinking skills…[&]…go on to successfully study & achieve wide ranging qualification at GCSE, A-level & beyond
(http://www.steineracademyhereford.eu/2013/07/ofsted-report)
For further information www.steinerwaldorf.org

06. May 2014 · Comments Off on Open Morning Thursday 22nd May 2014 · Categories: Open Mornings, Steiner education

Come along to our Open Morning to find out more about our wonderful school on Thursday 22nd May from 09:30-12:00. Contact Dominique Allen, Admissions Manager for further details: 0115 9415295.

24. March 2014 · Comments Off on Open Morning this Thursday 27th March 9.30am – 12 noon · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Open Mornings, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education

IONA SCHOOL OPEN MORNING THIS THURSDAY 27TH MARCH

Come along to our Open Morning to find out more about our wonderful school on Thursday 27th March from 9.30am – 12 noon. This session is for parents and carers only. Contact Dominique Allen, Communications Manager for further details: 0115 9415295.