Free School for Wealden pupils

A new Free School could open in Wealden. The Free School’s vision is to create a government-backed Free School with a Steiner-inspired curriculum, for about 600 children aged from four to 16.

The location will depend on where demand is, but it is likely it would be based in one of the towns or villages surrounding Ashdown Forest.

A public meeting will be held by the Sussex Weald Free School initiative on Friday, June 21 at Nutley Village Hall from 7.30pm.

Organiser Jonathan Samways said: “Even before the public launch over a 100 potential parents from a large area of Kent and Sussex including East Grinstead, Forest Row, Crowborough, Uckfield, Eastbourne, Lewes, Uckfield and Haywards Heath have registered their interest via the website.”

The meeting will be the public launch of the initiative and include a talk by Simon Shirley on the inspiration and essence of Steiner Education .

All subjects including intellectual, physical and practical skills, are taught across the age range in ways that are appropriate and fulfilling to the child’s stage of development.

There is a focus on creativity, creative thinking and problem solving.

Teachers are trained in this method of education, and work through their own creative capabilities to meet the particular needs and talents of the children in their care.

The school will be run by people with a passion for education who respect every child who comes to them.”

The aim is to open a new school in September 2015.

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