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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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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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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Taking a Stand for Real Education

Written by The Acorn School

A few weeks ago, The Guardian published an article on renowned British actress Tilda Swinton and the Drumduan Upper School, which she founded in 2013 with co-founder Ian Sutherland McCook. We have had the pleasure of Tilda visiting us here at Acorn in the past, and we are very pleased to hear that she and Drumduan are doing well and gaining wider recognition. Whilst the methodology of The Acorn School may differ from Drumduan’s, we nevertheless admire the integrity and commitment shown by all those

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