Bee-hold Outdoor Learning at The Acorn School

Written by The Acorn School

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

Written by The Acorn School

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 trip to France

Written by The Acorn School

Last Sunday the upper school students and teachers loaded up two minibuses and headed for France. After a relatively long day of driving, breathing in the awesome French countryside, we arrived in a nice campsite in Chartres.

The first day of our trip was spent visiting the magnificent Chartres cathedral. The students were inspired by the incredible architecture and the famous Rose Window, and some of them managed to climb the bell tower for some spectacular views over Chartres.

Our second day

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Upper School students present ‘The Bear’ by Chekhov

Written by The Acorn School

We would like to pay tribute to the three students of the upper school who directed and performed ‘The Bear’ by Anton Chekhov in the school hall. This production was organised and directed, with no input from any teachers, by a class 11 student and featured two class 9 students in the main roles. Those who were fortunate enough to see this performance will agree that it was a spectacular show of drama and was enjoyed by a considerable audience. 


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

Written by The Acorn School

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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Congratulations to The London Acorn School on receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report.

Written by The Acorn School

Graeme Whiting and everyone at The Acorn School in Nailsworth would like to congratulate The London Acorn School on receiving ‘Outstanding’ for their first Ofsted report. We are very proud of what they have achieved and have no doubt that it will be the first of many such reports.

The London Acorn School started in September 2013 and implements the same unique education system as The Acorn School in Nailsworth, under the guidance of Graeme Whiting, who is the Director of Education

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Our Winter Sports Trip was a huge success!

Written by The Acorn School

During the February half term, fifteen students and teachers headed off to Mayrhofen on the annual Acorn Ski Trip. A great week was had by all and we were blessed with fresh snow on arrival, followed by a week of gorgeous sunshine, perfect pistes and endless runs throughout the whole of the Ziller Valley, including Graeme’s favourite, the Hintertux Glacier.

On one day most of the students decided to swap their skis for snowboards and spent the day on the slopes

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Acorn Students Cycle from Land’s End to Stroud

Written by The Acorn School

Last weekend two Acorn students cycled 246 miles from Land’s End to Stroud. They travelled to Land’s End on Thursday and began their cycling journey on Friday morning. The journey took three days and involved camping en-route one night.

The students raised over £800 of which one third will be donated to the Acorn Overseas Charity for Children. The remainder will help to fund their upcoming ski trip, organised by the school.