East Sussex, UK. 
Independent school, 
Founded in 1925, 
Number of students: 600, 
Age: 3-19

Personalized learning with age-appropriate balanced education
Michael Hall is the oldest and the largest Steiner Waldorf school in the UK founded in 1925. The school provides age-appropriate curriculum with a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual contents. Their education aims to harmonizes the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of each child in a way that gives them the confidence, resilience and insight to make a positive difference in the world throughout their lives.



Michael Hall is the oldest and the largest Steiner Waldorf school in the UK founded in 1925. The boarding school is set in approximately 60 acres of parkland adjoining forest.

to develop young people who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives
Harmonize the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of each pupil
-Give students the confidence, resilience and insight to make a positive difference in the world throughout their lives.

Age-appropriate, artistic, practical and intellectual balanced education
Steiner Waldorf curriculum
– bring content and methods that meet age-appropriate needs
– all lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content

The school values each stage of development, facilitating each child’s gradual self-realization as part of a social whole, and dedicated to harmonizing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of each pupil in a way that gives them the confidence, resilience and insight to make a positive difference in the world throughout their lives.

Characteristics of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum

The Steiner-Waldorf curriculum is based on the pedagogical suggestions made by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. It aims to bring content and methods that meet age-appropriate needs. In the Lower School the principle transforms into an education of beauty, where content is presented by engaging the feeling life of the child. This not only provides a rich inner experience but also enables the children to recall what they have learnt with enthusiasm. Teaching methods also include learning through doing, and what the children learn experientially they can reflect on later.

Age-appropriate theme
The core subjects of the curriculum are taught in thematic blocks (Main Lessons), which is at the heart of the Steiner Waldorf curriculum. It constitutes the first two hours of each day in classes 1-8. In the course of a school year there will be between 10 and 12 Main Lesson blocks, taught by the Class Teacher where one theme will be developed over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Each Main Lesson topic has been carefully devised to meet the needs of the child at their particular stage of development.

A balance of artistic, practical and intellectual contentThe Main Lesson is made up of three parts:
1) a rhythmic part: where music, movement, recitation and games are learnt
2) absorbing new content and re-elaborating what has already been learnt
3) a task or assignment involving written bookwork, drawing and mathematical practice.
Whole class, mixed ability teaching is the norm. This topic will be brought alive through a variety of activities that engage the students and reinforce the information naturally but effectively. Songs and recitation, discussion and storytelling, writing and illustration, music and movement enable students to really immerse themselves in a subject.

Students grow into articulate, confident young people
-Provide good quality of education and outstanding curriculum
-Graduates with various career

An inspection report in 2018 reported that pupils enjoy coming to school and grow into articulate, confident young people, who say that they feel safe, secure and happy. It also says that the quality of education provided by the school is good, especially the curriculum is outstanding.
Graduates follow a broad variety of career paths; marine yachting, translator, Olympic rower, medicine, advertising, child psychology, pilot, teaching, acting etc. They have a reputation for being well-rounded and balanced individuals who are able to cope with the demands of a fast-changing and uncertain world.

To develop career education and performance management system
-System of Performance management to improve quality of teaching
-Career education

Inspection report remark two aspects as recommendations. 1) a system for performance management that improves the quality of teaching, and 2) a structured programme of careers guidance and work experience which fully prepares pupils to make choices for their future pathways.
See more Inspection reports | https://www.schoolinspectionservice.co.uk/michael-hall-school/