Bee-hold Outdoor Learning at The Acorn School

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A new academic year and already the flowering of knowledge at Acorn has attracted thirty-thousand new recruits to this little school! Yes, you read that correctly. They have two beautiful homes on the hills overlooking Nailsworth and have created quite a buzz in our local community – they are our bees.

The Acorn School holds nature at its heart. Our vision is to enable all of our students to learn about the beauty of the world through first-hand experience outdoors. For

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Mobile Phones in Schools

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

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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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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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