Michael House a Steiner School
Michael House a Steiner Waldorf School and Rowans Day Nursery are situated near Ilkeston, Heanor and Shipley, in their own woodland, adjoining the seven hundred acres of beautiful landscape that make up Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire.
The school and nursery provide a complete education from birth through to 16 years, and is one of over 1000 organisations around the world which educates children according to the principles of Rudolf Steiner.
Michael House School was founded in 1934 in Ilkeston. The School owes its existence to the philanthropist and social worker Edith Lewis, daughter of the owner of the Meridian Hosiery Factory. She was inspired by the ideas and impulses on education given by Steiner. She felt, out of a social awareness, that a Waldorf School should be founded in Ilkeston. After her death, her wish was finally fulfilled through the use of her legacy.
Childhood is the most important time of our lives. The experiences, feelings and education of our early years will greatly colour and shape the adults we go on to become and the part we play in the world.
Michael House aim to provide an environment and education that will allow their pupils to become creative, responsible and confident adults who are more than equipped to face the many challenges of life.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an innovative academic born in Austria whose ideas founded the basis of Anthroposophy. The first Steiner school opened in Stuttgart in 1919 for children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory.
The priority of the Steiner ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or academic hot-housing. The curriculum itself is a flexible set of pedagogical guidelines, founded on Steiner’s principles that take account of the whole child.
It gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each pupil and is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of the child’s development. The core subjects of the curriculum are taught in thematic blocks and all lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content.
They operate an all year admissions policy call 01773 718 050 for details.