‘Hands-on hominids’

Written by The Acorn School

You might be forgiven for thinking that we at The Acorn School are opening our own charnel house, or possibly holding auditions for the graveyard scene in Hamlet! You would be wrong in both cases.

Our upper school pupils have been learning about human evolution by studying a rare collection of hominid (early human) skulls from Bristol University. Dr Judyth Sassoon, a palaeontologist and researcher at the University’s School of Earth Sciences, brought the specimens to the school and pupils have

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Children at the mercy of a bureaucratic world

Written by Graeme Whiting

I woke this morning and switched on the radio, which is permanently tuned to Radio Four. The news centred on SATs and the mess the government has created around testing young children who are trying to have a childhood. I applaud the stance of many parents of six-year-olds who boycotted the tests yesterday, which showed a great sense of love and care for their children. Much was said, but it was the underlying thread that upset me and is the

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Is undergraduate education working for the good of those who embark on it?

Written by Graeme Whiting

Over the last few years I have formed an impression of university education, which perhaps differs from what the majority of people in our country have. Most of what I refer to in this blog is gleaned from the numerous newspaper articles that I have read in the last few years, so this is not a first hand exposition.

When young people win a place at university, they are inclined to develop their mind-set to behave in a way that

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Cupcakes Fit for a Queen!

Written by The Acorn School

Sarah, our very own cake-making queen, hand-baked 90 cup cakes for our school break time celebration as we all sang happy birthday to HM Queen Lizzy.

Thank you to our official upper school photographer, Rafael!


The Changing World of the Child II

Written by Graeme Whiting

It’s staring us all in the face – children are being changed and damaged considerably, by a multitude of dangers in the modern world. In today’s Times newspaper there are endless references to children and mental health issues, most of which miss the point and fail miserably to even attempt to address the underlying reasons!

Young children cannot discern and therefore seek fun, self-gratification, pleasure and an easy life and dominate parents. In a materialistic world is that perhaps what parents

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We are recruiting an Upper School Humanities Teacher

Written by The Acorn School

We are currently recruiting a full or part-time Upper School Humanities Teacher for our school in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

The Acorn School is a small independent school that provides a well-rounded education to girls and boys aged 6-18. Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, the school offers a unique alternative to mainstream education and features a holistic ethos and approach. Our curriculum aims to cultivate each child’s individual qualities and to support them in their development as they become confident, freethinking

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How we harm our children by treating them like grown-ups

Written by Graeme Whiting

As a daily reader of the world news, and in particular those items which apply to childhood and education, my passions, I rarely find articles about the declining standards of family life in this country, the decline in moral values and the way in which the world is holding children to ransom. In 2009 I wrote a paper entitled, ‘England, a land where children bring up their parents’! I had an inordinate number of responses to that paper and I

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Advent Fair 2015

Written by The Acorn School

SATURDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER – This year’s Advent Fair was another successful day, with a warm atmosphere filling our beautiful new hall. Local vendors and old friends of the school laid out a delightful range of wares for fair-goers to browse and buy, and we have no doubt that some of those wonderful things will be found in stockings and under the Christmas tree next month!

Parents and students of the school came together to serve homemade sweets and savouries in a beautifully-decorated café, while hot soups and

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‘The Fate of Baldur’ – A Lower School Play

Written by The Acorn School

WEDNESDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER – Class 4 & 5 graced us with their performance of The Fate of Baldur on Wednesday afternoon, where they brought the mysteries and magic of Asgard into the school hall. Standing against the backdrops painted by the children themselves, the class stood as proud as warriors with their boldly-coloured shields and raised swords.

The play tells the story of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of beloved Baldur, God of Light. When the three Norns of Past, Present, and

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Headmaster’s Statement – 30.09.2015

Written by The Acorn School

‘THE LOW TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL WHERE COMPUTERS ARE OFF LIMITS, BOTH AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME’

A short statement by the Headmaster, Graeme Whiting, in response to the recent articles on The London Acorn School in the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers.

The articles published in several daily newspapers yesterday centres on The London Acorn School and its ‘no technology’ policy. The Acorn School in Nailsworth, which was also mentioned, was the first school in the United Kingdom to prohibit screens, TV, computers, films, etc. for those under

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