The Main Building at Wynstones
|Type||Independent Steiner school|
|Chair of College||Marianna Law-Lindberg|
|Founder||Margaret Bennell, Cora Nokes|
|DfE URN||115793 Tables|
|Upper School Film '16||https://vimeo.com/148995849|
Wynstones School is a Steiner Waldorf school in Gloucestershire, set on 11 acres in the Cotswolds. It takes pupils from pre-school through to university entrance and has an enrolment of around 275 students.
Wynstones was founded on the initiative of Margaret Bennell and Cora Nokes, two teachers from Crouch End, London, who wished to change their educational direction. Before and soon after its opening in 1937, they were joined by several other teachers including some, like Bettina Mellinger, Rudi Lissau  and Maria and Norbert Glas that had come to England after the closure of the German Waldorf schools by the Nazi government. The school grew rapidly over the War years, being in the countryside away from the bombing of the cities. Its hostel became a home to many children including those of the Camphill community co-workers in Scotland. The high school was established after the War and the land and new buildings surrounding the original manor house developed.
Situated in rural surroundings in the Cotswolds between Gloucester and Stroud, the school is set on 11 acres of extensive grounds, allowing for outdoor building and gardening pursuits as well as accommodating the sports hall, sports field and tennis courts.
The main building provides a central core, and each of the classroom blocks has been placed around it to create a kind of village centre – helping to engender a sense of community for pupils, parents, teachers and staff within the school.
The Barn, the school’s theatre, has enabled performance and visual arts to be at the heart of Wynstones School education and many memorable plays have been put on by pupils throughout the years. These have included King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Amadeus, The House of Bernarda Alba and most recently, Les Misérables.
Boarding places offered to international students are with school families.
Admissions and school programme
Admission is not based on academic selection and children with a wide range of abilities are accepted.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum based on Steiner-Waldorf education with numerous extra-curricular activities, arts and cultural events and a comprehensive GCSE & A Level programme. It is a full member of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the United Kingdom
There is a parent and child group, for 0-3 year olds, where parents and carers bring babies and toddlers to morning sessions on several days of the week. They spend a morning a week in school where they can experience some kindergarten activities such as simple seasonal crafts, food preparation, stories, singing and games, get to know the school, meet other parents and learn about Steiner Waldorf Education.
Like most Steiner Waldorf schools, Wynstones adopts a co-operative approach to management.
Recently the school employed an Education Leader as part of the management structure. Broadly the roles of the various components are:
The Education Leader chairs the meetings of the College of Teachers, is responsible for Continuing Professional Development, INSET days, teacher appraisal, complaints & grievances, to lead and support the school's development and enhance the scope of education provided
The College of Teachers works as an advisory, reference group to the Education Leader
The Chair of Lower School (pupils 6 – 14): Management responsibility for the curriculum, teaching and learning, standards and attainment
The Chair of Upper School (pupils 14 – 18): Management responsibility for the curriculum, teaching and learning, standards and attainment
A Mandate system enlists the individual members to undertake an area of responsibility in the school
School Council - The Trustees
Wynstones is an educational charity and the independent trustees making up the School Council have final responsibility for the well-being of the school.
The School Council is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the school. The Council’s role is not day-to-day management of the school which is delegated to the Education Leader/Chair of College. Our overall commitment is that: 'The Council, supporting the work of staff, the well being of pupils and the interest of parents, holds itself accountable to the Association to see that Wynstones (a) achieves its desired aims, and (b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.
- Margaret Bennell – Article by Magda Maier Biographien Dokumentation der Forschungstelle Kulturimpuls retrieved 2014.09.12
- Rudi Lissau – Article by Marjatta van Boeschoten, Biographien Dokumentation der Forschungsstelle Kulturimpuls retrieved 2014.09.12
- ‘’The Builders of Camphill: Lives and Destinies of the Founders’’ Edited by Friedwart Bock, Article by Christine Polyblank, Floris Books, 2004 ISBN 0863154425, 9780863154423
- Wynstones in Guide to Independent Schools