New website and Admissions queries


Following Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, York Steiner School is closed until further notice.

We are taking this opportunity to refresh our website and our new one will be available very soon.

We will do our best to keep this site up to date in the meantime but please bear with us as we begin the transition.

Admissions – We have had lots of enquiries from people regarding our admissions process and we would like to assure you that we are still taking new admissions to school – in fact we are very busy on this front! Following our recent very successful interim inspection from Ofsted we are delighted to announce that the Depart of Education has granted us permission to expand our wonderful school!

We will be launching our new virtual Open Day very soon. If you would like to enquire about a place at York Steiner School or would simply like more information, please contact Jo directly on who would be delighted to answer any questions and help you through the process.

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4 Leading Educationalists Supporting York Steiner School


The Board of Trustees has recruited four external educationalists who are giving valuable advice and support to the school.  James Pitt, one of the trustees holding the teaching and learning area of responsibility, welcomes people from outside the Steiner movement: “Our advisors can look at what we are doing and comment as critical friends.  As the school develops we are always seeking new perspectives, evaluating what we are doing and seeing how we can grow within our commitment to anthroposophical education.”  The advisor are:

Christine Anne Otter

Chris had wide experience as an industrial chemist, classroom teacher and subject lead and senior management in schools before joining the University of York.  There she was science PGCE co-ordinator and involved in curriculum development in the University of York’s Science Education Group. Her work on context-led science has been widely adopted internationally. Chris is currently completing her PhD which focuses on use of drama in developing understanding of science.

Professor Ian Davies

Ian is the author of numerous books (published by Routledge, Continuum, Sage and others) and many articles in academic journals most of which explore issues related to teaching and learning about contemporary society (with a particular focus on citizenship education).  He lectures and researches extensively in international contexts and he has been successful in attracting funding from a wide range of government and non-government agencies in the UK and elsewhere.  Ian teaches and supervises undergraduate, MA and PhD students and initial teacher education trainees.

Professor Dean Garratt

Until recently Dean has been Head of School of Education at the University of York St John.  After qualifying as a secondary teacher in 1993 he completed a PhD in the field of education before working in a variety of roles in HE for the last twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and at the University of Chester. His wide experience as a qualitative researcher and work with postgraduate students (both taught and research-focused) together provided the opportunity for him to undertake a secondment as Director of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Chester before moving to York St John as Head of the School of Education.

Trudi Fitzhenry

Trudi has had a successful career in the primary classroom, leading to being head teacher at a local Primary School.  She is currently completing her Doctoral Research at the University of York St John where she has investigated issues of attachment, power and control in the primary classroom focused on meeting the needs of vulnerable children.  She is now focusing her research around the academisation of primary schools in England within a neoliberal context.


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Enquirers’ Morning Thursday 14th November 2019


We will be having our next Enquirers’ Morning on Thursday 14th November 2019.

The morning is for all parents / carers who are interested in finding out more about our school.

Please contact the office for more information on 01904 654983 or

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Welcome to Autumn Term


As we enjoy the late summer days we look forward to a term of wonderful festivals and of course our annual Advent Fair on Saturday 23rd November.

Please remember we have a week of staff training prior to half term in October. Full term dates available here:

Term Dates 2019-20

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We look forward to seeing all children back on Wednesday 4th September. Have a great Summer!


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Summer Gathering – Storytelling and Singing by the Fire


Summer Gathering – Storytelling and Singing Around the Fire in a Magical Biodynamic Garden.

Waldorf 100 Anniversary Party – All Welcome!

The York Steiner School Adult Learning Group (of the Association) warmly invites the entire community to our 3rd event of the year…

Saturday 22nd June 10:00-15:00 at the Menagerie Glade, Escrick, York.

A day of shared storytelling and music making around the fire with a unique children’s origami workshop, a construction of community TREE OF WISHES for the next 100 years of Waldorf Education and for our planet.

As always, a delicious bring and share lunch and an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Menagerie Glade.

To enroll for car pool arrangements and onto the children’s origami workshop, please see the relevant lists outside the school office.

For further details, contact

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Class 8 presents: As You Like It


Rosalind is banished and with her cousin Celia journeys to the Forest of Arden. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando who is also forced from the Court into the Forest!
What follows is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, fools, rivalry, songs and laughter!
Will love conquer all or is it merely a madness?

Find out at
York Steiner School
May 22nd – 25th

Performances begin at 7pm each evening
Refreshments available
Donations welcome

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Annual General Meeting


This years’s AGM will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st May 2019.

If you would like to put yourself forward as a trustee, please submit a Nomination Form by 7.30pm on the 14th May , including a short statement about what you can offer to the trustee board. This will be circulated to all parents, trustees and staff prior to the AGM.


All members of the School Association are welcome. If you are not currently a member, there will be an opportunity to join before the meeting starts or by calling into school reception anytime.

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Spring Gathering – Everyone Welcome!


An old African Tale…

“There was once a troubled tribe who turned to their Medicine Man for advice.

The first question he asked them was,”when was the last time you played and danced together?”

The people of the tribe could not recall such an event.

The Wise Man reminded them –  a healthy community is one that finds time to sing, dance and play together…”


Everyone welcome! A day of shared creativity inspired by anthroposophy.

The York Steiner School Adult Learning Group warmly invite you to the 2nd event of the year continuing on our ongoing storytelling journey on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

An inspiring opening talk on ‘The Riddles of Being Human Today’ followed by a creative exploration of some of the themes raised in the talk through the medium of puppetry.

With experienced hands-on guidance on various puppetry techniques (shadow, string, rod, tabletop, and gloves), each working group will get to perceive, ponder and play!

Creche provision available for Kindergarten and school age children subject to prior booking. Toddlers welcome with parents (special rest / play area will be designated)

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Class 1 and King Winter


Class 1 has been reciting seasonal poetry about ‘King Winter’ and the frozen nature they see all around them.
In The Wood
Cold winter’s in the wood I saw him pass Crinkling up falling leaves
Along the grass
Bleak winter’s in the wood, The birds have flown Leaving the naked trees Shivering alone.
King Winter’s in the wood, I saw him go Crowned with a coronet Of Crystal snow.
The children observed magnified pictures of snowflakes to learn their basic form – hexagonal, with six arms – and then subsequently painted their own snowflakes with blue watercolour paint over white crayon.

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