Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School

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Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School Limited
Established 1934
Type Independent non-selective school
Headteacher College of Teachers
Founder Eileen Hutchins
Location 14 Love Lane
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 2EA
England
Coordinates: 52°26′44″N 2°08′51″W / 52.4455°N 2.1474°W / 52.4455; -2.1474
Local authority Dudley
Students 320
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–17
Website Official site

Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School Limited is an independent school situated in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England. It educates around 260 children aged from 3 to 17 who follow the international Steiner Waldorf Education curriculum.[1]

History[edit]

The school was established in 1934 and moved to its present site in 1946, using as a base two Victorian houses, Thornhill and Parkhill. New buildings were added in 1979 (the school hall) and 1995 (the Tobias and Gawain buildings). These provided additional classrooms, a science laboratory, a dance and music hall and facilities for information technology.[1][2]

Academics[edit]

In October 2006 Ofsted reported that the school provided a satisfactory standard of education which has several particularly good aspects. The moral, social and cultural development of the pupils was particularly good.[1] In 2006 75% of students obtained 5 or more A*-C GCSEs.[3]

French and German are taught from age six. Regular class exchanges are held with other European Steiner Waldorf schools. Every year the pupils of class nine go to the Schloss Hamborn Steiner School, Germany to stay with the class nine there. They take a full part in school life, as well as working on the school's farm. In the autumn the German class, now class ten, comes to Stourbridge in exchange.[4]

Notable teachers[edit]

Eileen Hutchins, teacher, author and founder of Elmfield School.

Walter Braithwaite (1906-1991) was a music teacher, piano teacher and pianist at the school. He wrote several songs for school plays and festivals, two of which (Ut queant laxis and The Spring by the Wayside or Bare is the Rock) are still regularly sung at Elmfield.

Tomie Ando, who is the eurythmy[5] teacher, on 27 July 2007 danced as part of the Venezuelan Embassy cultural programme.[6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School", Ofsted, 4 October 2006
  2. ^ "Welcome to Elmfield!", Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School
  3. ^ "Secondary School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables 2007", The Daily Telegraph, 11 January 2007
  4. ^ "The spirit of the European Union", This is the Midlands, January 2007
  5. ^ Eurythmy — an art-form based on movement to speech and music. Accessed 2007-12-15.
  6. ^ Programme of Cultural Events July-September 2007, Venezuelan Embassy. Accessed 2007-12-15.

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