Nant-y-Cwm Rudolf Steiner School in Pembrokeshire has survived againstall the odds for 23 years. The school at present has 55 children and isthe only established Steiner school in Wales.
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children outside Nant-Y-Cwm School. Photo: © Ysgol Nant-Y-Cwm

Itis founded on the artistic and holistic educational philosophy ofRudolf Steiner, with its own unique curriculum. The school takeschildren from Kindergarten to age 14. As well as curriculum work,activities include bread making, woodland walks, eurythmy, circusskills, candle making and weaving.

Nant-y-Cwm sits on the slopesof a wooded river valley tucked in among the foothills of the PreseliMountains. Originally a tiny rural primary school that had lainderelict for 20 years, it was bought by a group of enthusiastic parentsand friends. They renovated and extended it and it re-opened as Wales’first Steiner school on Michaelmas Day 1979.

The enchantingturf-roofed kindergarten was designed by Christopher Day, an architectand author of books on architecture who was also one of the founders ofthe school. It is a unique, freeform building that has attractedinterest worldwide and was largely built by voluntary labour of parentsand friends. Beautiful as well as functional, it has handcraftedwoodwork and colourful, lime-washed walls.

At present the schoolfaces a big challenge, needing to raise £40,000 and take in 20 newpupils or sell the beautiful kindergarten building. Finances are alwaysa juggling act because the school is independent, relying purely oncontributions from parents and their fundraising skills. No child isrefused entry on financial grounds alone. One of their continuingfundraising successes is Nutters CafÈ, which is renowned for its goodfood and goes to Glastonbury and other festivals to raise funds for theschool.

The philosophy of the school is summed up in RudolfSteiner’s words: ‘Receive the child with reverence, educate him in loveand let him go forth in freedom.’
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the turf-roofed kindergarten. © Ysgol Nant-Y-Cwm

Atpresent the school faces a big challenge, needing to raise £40,000 andtake in 20 new pupils or sell the beautiful kindergarten building.Finances are always a juggling act because the school is independent,relying purely on contributions from parents and their fundraisingskills. No child is refused entry on financial grounds alone. One oftheir continuing fundraising successes is Nutters CafÈ, which isrenowned for its good food and goes to Glastonbury and other festivalsto raise funds for the school.

The philosophy of the school issummed up in Rudolf Steiner’s words: ‘Receive the child with reverence,educate him in love and let him go forth in freedom.’
FURTHER INFORMATION : Nant-y-Cwm Steiner School, Llanycefn, Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire, SA66 7QJ. Tel: 01437 563640
WEBSITE :http://www.nant-y-cwm.co.ukEMAIL: [email protected]

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