Growing Spaces Project’s story
Our cover photo is of the dilapidated 1870s coach house, being converted into two full-sized 21st Century classrooms and a pair of arts & craft studios - 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.
We are appealing to our global community of parents, teachers, scholars and friends of our 1,090 fellow Waldorf Steiner Schools and 1,870 Kindergartens: Please help the work continue.
It would be incredible if - in this Centennial year of 'head, heart, hands' education being available on every habitable continent in the world (bar Antarctica of course) - it was made possible for our school to grow as a beacon of Steiner Waldorf education in Scotland because our worldwide Waldorf Steiner community came together to support our vision. Your generosity will be felt by the children of today's classes, as well as generations to come.
£600,000 is coming to fruition in bricks and mortar on our school grounds. The cost of the coach house conversion and architect drawings with Planning Consent for future stages is being met in the main by legacies that have since been wisely invested and matured; as well as school reserves from previous years with a high roll. Our gratitude to these individuals is immense.
Fitting out the converted Coach House has an estimated cost of £100,000. Help us place a chalk board on the wall, put desks in the classrooms and provide the materials to garnish these inspirational learning spaces for excellence to flourish.
Extend our science building to bring the chemistry room under the same roof as physics and biology. Phase Three has an indicative cost of £400,000.
This new building will be the final part to our dedicated Science Wing on campus; whilst freeing up the second coach house to be converted into our 12th full-sized classroom once we reach our target of raising £1 million with our global Waldorf Steiner community's help.
Our bonnie school celebrates its 80th year in Edinburgh, Scotland at the same time our heritage buildings within a conservation area turn 150 years old.
2019 is also the year we begin to pilot our innovative suite of ACTS qualifications (Patron Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Sudhof); a Waldorf Steiner collaboration developing creativity, recognizing wider avenues of learning; providing an alternative passport to further education and work to exams.
We are the only Steiner Waldorf school remaining in Scotland with 266 pupils, including a dozen visiting students and 42 children in Kindergarten.
We hope to continue to provide an important alternative to mainstream education in Edinburgh, but to do so we need to grow to be sustainable.
Our vision is to create a Kindergarten that can hold 60 children and 12 classrooms with a capacity of up to 25 pupils. 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, making your imprint in our staircase rises, 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.