Mobile Phones in Schools

Written by The Acorn School

Today, we at Acorn were delighted to read national headlines highlighting that not only do mobile phones have no place in our schools, but that there are deeply harmful consequences of allowing children to be exposed to such technology.

Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, has gone on record to say,

‘I admire head teachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day…. Studies have shown mobile phones can have a real impact on working memory and fluid intelligence,

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Snowdonia Advanced Mountain Trip 2018

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This weekend a group of our Upper School students headed off to Snowdonia, North Wales for a weekend of adventure, fun and challenges. Unfortunately, with UK blessed with amazing weather, the first challenge was keeping up morale as we waded through the M6 traffic, on our way to the mountains! Before long the distinct silhouettes of the Snowdon Massif and Glyderau on the horizon made the journey worth it.

We arrived in our campsite, in the Ogwen Valley, as the sun was

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Class 4/5 Adventure Day

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May 2018 will hopefully stand out in the memories of the children in Class Four and Five as the day they first summited Sugarloaf mountain in our local uplands,  the Brecon Beacons. They can be especially proud as they all summitted together, as a class.

Arriving at the peak was not the end of the story; en-route they learnt a new plant (Bilberry), and learnt what to pack for a day out in the mountains. It was a surprise to

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‘Life in Likes’: our approach to protecting today’s children from the social media revolution

Written by The Acorn School

In this week’s national news it was widely stated that educationists are clutching at straws to try to contrive ways of educating young children to use the Internet and social media safely, and protect them from the anxieties that develop all-too-often in this age of ‘chasing likes’ and online social validation.

What a huge shame it is for these poor children that their social groups are dominated by this modern-day issue, to the point that they feel unable to disconnect because

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An update from Romania

Written by James Whiting

Our Upper School students are spending Half Term in Romania and we’re here to give you a mid-trip update on what they’ve been up to.

The students have settled into rural Romanian life and have enjoyed a wide variety of activities, both cultural and adventurous in nature.

They have fully embraced the Romanian cuisine and have prepared several traditional meals, many of which were cooked on an open fire under the guidance of our Romanian hosts. There were no shortcuts, with the

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Results Day at The Acorn School: Our Pathway to University

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Today sixth form students across the country received their A level results and have had their university places confirmed or otherwise. Today is like any other day for the students of The Acorn School because they don’t sit state examinations. However, this doesn’t mean that they are not moving on to higher education – they are. Indeed, we have had another excellent year with all of our students who applied for university achieving places, direct from The Acorn School, with no GCSEs or A-levels.

Our students

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‘Hands-on hominids’

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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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Cupcakes Fit for a Queen!

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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!


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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Advent Fair 2015

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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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