Education is a journey, not a race

 

Welcome

Welcome to Ringwood Waldorf School

Ringwood Waldorf School is co-educational, fully comprehensive and takes pupils from 3 to eighteen. We welcome children of all abilities from all faiths and backgrounds. Our ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or academic hot housing.

The curriculum takes account of the whole child; academic, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Artistic activity and the development of the imagination is seen as integral to learning and works in harmony with the different phases of the child’s development. It aims to develop the Will, the feeling and the thinking that gives Steiner education the reputation for producing well-rounded and balanced human beings who are able to cope with the demands of a fast-changing and uncertain world.

Our school, founded in 1974, is one of 33 Steiner Waldorf schools throughout the UK and Ireland. Ringwood Waldorf School stands on the Hampshire-Dorset border, close to the River Avon and the beautiful New Forest.

We have Parent and Child groups (children from 6 months), Kindergartens (from 3 to 6 years), Lower and Middle School from (6 to 14 years) and Upper School (from 14 years).

A ‘GOOD’ School - OFSTED

Ringwood Waldorf School is a good school! According to Ofsted, who inspected the school at the beginning of April 2019, children at our school are well cared for, make good progress and are enthusiastic, attentive and motivated learners.

Read the full report

The school celebrated with a community dance and tea party in May, with all students, teachers and parents enjoying a cream tea and celebratory dance in the school courtyard!

 

Boarding Opportunities

We now offer boarding with host families

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Our Community

For parents, carers, teachers and our extended community - events, choirs, crafts, painting, walking, gardening, parent groups & programs.

Ringwood Waldorf School is a learning community comprised of teachers, support staff, pupils, parents and friends who associate and cooperate together primarily for the education of the children, but also for their own support and development.

The process of admission therefore is that of 'joining a learning community' rather than sending a child to the school. The primary criterion for admission is 'connection' with the ethos and character of the education.

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Ringwood Waldorf School Community Videos
Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. We hope these videos give you a glimpse of the rich education we provide at Ringwood Waldorf School.

RWS is screening ‘Screenagers,’ a documentary looking at the
challenges faced by parents and young people in relation to screen
use. Click here for event details.

Ringwood Waldorf School Community Videos

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. We hope these videos give you a glimpse of the rich education we provide at Ringwood Waldorf School.

Ringwood Waldorf School Community Videos
Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. We hope these videos give you a glimpse of the rich education we provide at Ringwood Waldorf School.


The above link is Jenny's Drakes (Class 8 Teacher & Parent at RWS) interview link and it starts at about 1.05 hours in...
There's a snippet on the new when you click play at the beginning and then forward to 1.05.30 and hear the full interview...concise, clear and confident.

THANK YOU Jenny for speaking your truth so openly xx ~ Catriona Charlton

Louisa Hannan BBC Radio Solent