Edinburgh Steiner School

An independent school set in three acres of leafy grounds in Edinburgh, we offer an education inspired by the pedagogical insights of Rudolf Steiner.

Founded in 1939. The school is accessible on public transport using Lothian Bus Numbers 10, 27, 38 & 45

Operating as usual


Black & White art plays a vital role in our curriculum, offering numerous benefits for children's development. This exercise enhances visual perception, developing a sensitivity to depth of field, working as a foundation for colour exploration. Read on: edsteiner.org/news


Planning Permission is being submitted for the new Seedlings Building in the wake of two-thirds of proceeds from Saturday's Christmas Market going towards meeting the £0.5 million build cost. Read on: edsteiner.org/news


The Advanced Highers diet is to be extended inhouse beyond Art (above) in the next two years. Rather than merely be viewed as several notches more academic than Highers, their self-directive, playful characteristics, that are similar to a first year at university, draw on the best elements of the Steiner Waldorf curriculum that the exam subjects compliment.


Final year pupils welcome seven key speakers on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Baha'i and Judaism as part of their World Religions Main Lesson, incorporating a spirited discussion yesterday around the current Israel/Gaza troubles. College too held awareness for the conflict: edsteiner.org/news


As part of the Geography of Africa Main Lesson, C7's teacher adopted studying techniques that are not usually introduced in mainstream education until university. Imagery can speak volumes. Words too must be chosen wisely: edsteiner.org/news


Comprehensiveness. Creativity. Community: Investing In Our Whole Child’s Future. At a time where most young people become specialised as a result of their exam choices, pupils at ESS continue to study a broad spectrum of sciences, humanities & arts in addition to national exams. You are invited to An Evening on the Upper School, 14th November, 7.30pm in the School Hall.


Fire is a powerful and transformative element that holds great significance in Steiner Waldorf education, integrated into various aspects of the curriculum and daily school life, especially in the colder months. Class 8 have decided to focus their fundraising efforts around the naked flame. Read on: edsteiner.org/news


Running a fundraising event can provide numerous learning benefits for pupils: leadership; responsibility; hospitality; accountability; creativity; marketing; organisational, financial and problem-solving skills. Read on about Class 12's Halloween Ceilidh: edsteiner.org/news


Waldorf doll on display at Young V&A in London. The distinctive dolls are so compatible with Waldorf Steiner Early Years education philosophies, they share the ‘Waldorf’ tag. Find out why here and in person, joining a Wednesday Early Years Open Tour: edsteiner.org/news


Pupils are profoundly affected by their built environment. Celebrating its 35th year, the purpose-built kindergarten building is part of the architectural Doors Open festival this weekend, encouraging the public to discover Scotland's unique buildings: edsteiner.org/news


Take a peek: As part of the Capital's Christmas cultural calendar for 70 years, it is just ten weeks away until the School's largest fundraiser - the Christmas Market - welcomes 2,000 people onto campus for a magical & festive day, themed 'Enchanted Forest': edsteiner.org/news


ESS celebrates its 85th anniversary this academic year. The appointment of a Transition Manager marks a poignant step as we evolve from a founding flat-management structure towards appointing a Head of School. Read on: edsteiner.org/news

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