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Our School

The London Acorn School

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The London Acorn School (est. 2013) is set in a National Trust listed building in south west London.

We work in partnership with parents to create lo-tech/no tech childhoods and follow the holistic Whiting Educational Model for family schools which originated at The Acorn School in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire (est. 1991) and has proven and successful outcomes.

We currently educate children between 3 and 6 years in Kindergarten and between 7 and 14 years in Lower and Middle School. Acorn education has a unique and extremely successful curriculum and project based university entrance scheme for Upper School students aged 15 to 18 years and this is set to launch in London (for children who have acquired Acorn Middle School skills) in 2016.

Our current student intake includes children from mainstream independent and state, waldorf steiner, montessori and homeschool educational backgrounds.

Please take time to consider the information provided through our website and then call us for an appointment to discuss how we could enhance your child’s school and childhood experience. Please note that because our school is centred on promoting deep student concentration and focus, we no longer offer classroom tours, however afternoon meetings with prospective teachers can be arranged and we welcome visitors at regular Open Days where children’s work is on display.

Please note that the capacity of our building means that Open Day tour numbers must be limited and you may be politely requested to wait outside in the rose garden for the next available tour. We try to make sure that all visitors can tour the cottage and meet a teacher, but we cannot guarantee this for all comers if attendance is high. Please come as early as possible to ensure a tour place.

Articles on The London Acorn School and our no tech/low tech ethos have very recently appeared in the media, including the Guardian and Telegraph. The school supports Graeme Whiting, Founder and Headmaster of The Acorn School in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire in his commitment to an electronics-free environment for children to encourage their innate creativity and personal growth. We thank all our school families, and our deeply dedicated teaching and support staff for all their help and hard work to make such childhoods a reality here in London.

30th September, 2015

Studying Child

Our School

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“Children’s best interests lie at the heart of everything we do.

Around them we create the necessary space and structures to support the growth of balanced, outstandingly educated, purposeful, creative and independent thinkers.”

School Vision Statement

“Outstanding” (Ofsted, 2014)

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Ofsted are impressive in their approach to independent schools. They check the school curriculum to ensure it includes all required areas of learning, and then they examine the school’s effectiveness at bringing the curriculum to children. This is achieved through close scrutiny of teachers’ lesson plans, children’s work and children’s assessments, as well as lessons of course.

Extracts from the report are given below and the whole report may be seen on the Ofsted website:

Quality of curriculum: “Outstanding”

(Ofsted, 2014)

The outstanding curriculum enables pupils to achieve exceptionally well in all subject areas and supports their outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The curriculum includes all the required areas of learning and… is exemplary in its ability to inspire pupils and impart lasting knowledge.

Quality of teaching: “Outstanding”

(Ofsted, 2014)

In the Kindergarten, teaching is characterised by a thorough understanding of how children learn through imitation and play, and through sensory exploration. In the Lower School, all teachers demonstrate excellent subject knowledge and teach with energy and imagination. Pupils respond by being fully attentive, motivated and creative.

Pupils’ achievement: “Outstanding”

(Ofsted, 2014)

Pupils’ outstanding achievement is the result of an outstanding curriculum, outstanding teaching, and a holistic approach to learning and personal development that is centred on pupils’ physical and emotional well-being and their moral and spiritual development. (In the Kindergarten), children show high levels of concentration and dexterity … express themselves confidently and fluently and are prepared well for formal reading and writing by the age of six. In the Lower School, pupils grasp new knowledge quickly and securely in ‘main lessons’ through teachers’ excellent knowledge of the curriculum, vivid narratives…, and high-quality drawings which inspire them to explore a topic in depth.


Pupils’ behaviour and personal development: “Outstanding”

(Ofsted, 2014)

Pupils’ outstanding behaviour and personal development is underpinned by their outstanding emotional, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development… Pupils’ behaviour is mostly exemplary… Pupils say that they love their school and that they would not change anything about it.