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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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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‘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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St. John’s Fire 2015

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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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Ex-Acorn student, James Lowsley-Williams, is cycling in The Tour of Britain!

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We are proud to announce that one of our ex-students, James Lowsley-Williams, now a professional cyclist, is riding this year’s Tour of Britain (ToB) cycling stage race. The ToB is the UK’s hardest and biggest race and James lined up on sunday for the first stage in Liverpool amongst the world’s best cyclists including the UK’s Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Photo credit: Larry Hickmott

James attended our school until 2009 when he graduated and took up a

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The Upper School had a great weekend walking in The Black Mountains

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On Friday 21st March Barney, James and the upper school loaded up the minibus and trailer and headed off to Llanthony Priory for a walking trip in The Black Mountains. The weather forecast stated ‘changeable’ – and it was! We had some rain on the way down but it cleared enough for us to set up camp in the dry. Having put up our tents, we donned all-weather gear and went for an evening stroll up the mountain. The rain held

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