Growing Spaces Project’s story
If you would prefer to make your gift MONTHLY, please visit Edinburgh Steiner School's website: https://www.edinburghsteinerschool.org.uk/donating/
Our cover photo is of the dilapidated 19th Century coach house and stables, now converted into two full-sized 21st Century classrooms and a pair of studios for Creative Arts - building inspirational learning spaces for excellence to flourish.
The Steiner Waldorf curriculum has fared significantly better over the decades than our 1870s bricks & mortar, which are rapidly falling into disrepair.
Awarded C-listed Building status in 1981, Edinholme and its Stables were identified, designated and provided statutory protection, owing to their special architectural and historic interest. Historic Environment Scotland note: 'The survival of the Stable block contributes to a large extent to the listed building status'.
The School was very fortunate to have received legacies left by individuals who cared greatly about our school, enabling Phase One of our long term campus development strategy to come to fruition.
We are appealing to our local and global community of parents, teachers, scholars and friends to help us raise the further funds needed to restore its sister building, the West Coach House.
Your generosity will be felt by the children of today's classes, the generations to come; and the wider communities we help.
Just under £600,000 was invested into the East Coach House and Stables, architect drawings with Planning Consent for future stages, and a building warrant that met Conservation Guidelines, was met in the main by legacies that were wisely invested and matured; as well as school reserves from previous years with a high roll. Our gratitude to these individuals is immense.
We endeavor to break ground restoring the School's sister coach house in Easter 2020. It will provide our twelfth full-sized classroom with a capacity for 25 pupils.
Fundraising efforts are underway to raise the £200,000 needed to restore the West Coach House to appropriate curriculum space for our pupils. Like every nonprofit, Edinburgh Steiner School Trust depends on the philanthropic support of the people who care about our school and our mission. And like every independent school, tuition alone does not support everything we do to educate the children of our school.
A huge thank you to those who have signed up to a monthly pledge towards Growing Spaces. Please spread the word and encourage others to follow in your footsteps. Teachers, parents, alumni and friends of the school far and close, please help us grow as a beacon of Steiner education in Scotland.
We are the only Steiner Waldorf school remaining in Scotland, offering an important alternative to mainstream education in Edinburgh; but we need to grow to be sustainable. With 266 pupils, including a dozen visiting students and 42 children in Kindergarten; and look to provide space for 360 pupils in our Kindergarten and School; as well as offer a registered playgroup alongside our Early Years Parent & Child groups.
We need to enhance the energy efficiency of our historic C-listed architecture – both for our bills and our planet. And we need to address the ageing of our buildings.
Go to our website for more details on the opportunity of naming rights and monthly giving: www.edinburghsteinerschool.org.uk/donating/
You can make your gift go even further by spreading your advocacy for our ambitious campus development project on social media with our hashtag #growin8paces.
It may take ten years to achieve our vision. However we are very happy to be breaking ground.