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

Written by The Acorn School

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’

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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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!


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

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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The Start of Autumn and a New School Year

Written by The Acorn School

FRIDAY, 25TH SEPTEMBER – Throughout the week, the children have been bringing in fresh produce in honour of harvest time and the change in seasons. The sound of young voices singing Michaelmas songs has been heard drifting out into the corridors, and a general feeling of autumnal warmth has nestled into the corners of the school.

Our hall has once again undergone some refurbishment this summer, with a new floor being put in place to complement the bright look of the walls that were re-plastered the previous

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St. John’s Fire 2015

Written by The Acorn School

FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year’s St. John’s Fire was held in a field a short walk away from the school. Having finished the school day by 11am, this midsummer celebration was a lovely way to round off the morning and a busy week.

The bonfire was built by our Class 7&8 teacher, and members of his class were chosen to carry flaming torches that were carefully placed in the heart of the pyre. Before long, tall, long, orange flames flared up

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