SOME IMPORTANT FACTS
Different Universities Attended
Highest peak climbed (m)
Different Universities Attended
Highest peak climbed (m)
At Acorn, we treat each child as an individual, ensuring they receive the support and care they require, both academically and pastorally, to realise their true potential.
Our curriculum is carefully designed to develop our pupils' intellectual, creative and practical skills and prepare them for an ever-changing world.
Our balanced approach to technology protects the childhood of our youngest children whilst preparing our eldest students for the modern world.
We believe that offering a broad curriculum up until the age of 18 helps to build confident, balanced and conscientious adults. Mathematics and English for Life are the cornerstone of the Acorn curriculum for all students until they leave school.
Until the age of 18, students study subjects such as Mathematics for Life, English for Life, IT, physics, biology, English literature, history of art, choir, physical education, social education and art/craft.
In their final two years at Acorn, students choose 2 or 3 elective subjects to study as their major academic focus in preparation for university.
Complimenting this is a strong outdoor education program including mountain walking, mountain biking, climbing, surfing, bushcraft and a host of educational and cultural trips.
"Our children have been at The Acorn School for 14 years and the holistic approach to teaching is both broad and flexible allowing them to explore their interests and passions as they grow through the school.
We hugely appreciate the ‘small school, human scale’ education at The Acorn School where the 18-year olds greet the six-year olds by name in the playground. Teachers know and understand each child’s needs and can tailor their learning accordingly. "
Over the last 25+ years, every student who has chosen to further their studies at univerity has secured a place without taking state exams.
Every course studied and every university attended is displayed in the word cloud below.
50+ Universities including 10 out of the 24 Russell Group universities
Over 40+ different degree subjects studied
68% of all students obtained a First, Distinction or 2.1
100% of students who applied to attend university were accepted
Do you have children ready to start their first school adventure, considering their next step into secondary education or are you thinking about a changing your child’s school?
By offering a unique, child-centred approach to education, we provide an inspiring environment so that each child is respected and loved for who they are.
Prospective parents are warmly invited to attend the forthcoming Open or Experience Days. Please call us to book a place, or click below to find upcoming dates.
" Ralph joined Class 5 in September 2018 and for the first time, since being at Acorn, he has developed a real interest in his own capabilities and achievements, whether that be lighting a fire in 'Outdoor Adventurers', creating a beautiful drawing or getting his sums right. The teachers really 'see' Ralph as an individual and care for him. He is engaged and inspired which has led to a boost in his confidence and enthusiasm in learning. We love all the outdoor activities, age appropriate Tech policy, the balanced male:female teacher ratio, excellent leadership and the strong supportive Acorn community. We are so happy to be part of it "
We would love to meet you, answer your questions, and open our doors to allow all potential students to experience our unique education. Hit the button below, and let's start a new adventure together.
The Acorn School students launched The Acorn School Plastics Project to reduce the use of disposable plastic in our local community. We use 13 billion plastic bottles in the UK alone every year, 7.7 billion of which are used for water.
The students were inspired by Liz Bonnin’s brilliant BBC documentary, ‘Drowning in Plastic’. Liz visited the school in January to share her experiences on making the programme and to discuss the damage single-use plastic causes to the environment.
The Acorn School is among the first schools in the district to join the Plastic Free School scheme by Surfers Against Sewage and to develop a plastic pledge where 100% of the parents and teachers have pledged to reduce their use of plastic.
Liz agreed to be the very first person to try the students “Water Taste Test” to see if she could distinguish between bottled water, filtered water and tap water. The students took the ‘Water Taste Test’ to the Stroud Farmers’ Market and the Nailsworth Farmers’ Market in March and May to collect data from the general public. The results will be published in June.
Join us for ‘Living Without Plastic’ on Wednesday June 26th 7pm-9pm for the next in our Acorn Speaker Series. This event is a great opportunity to learn from the best on how to reduce plastic in your everyday life.
Following the success of January’s Acorn Speaker Series with Liz Bonnin, from the brilliant BBC documentary ‘Drowning in Plastic’, we are delighted that we will be hosting Claudi Williams as our next guest speaker.
Claudi Williams is a Stroud-based community activist and the author of “The Joy of Living Without Plastic” blog (www.pfree.co.uk) which charts her family's experiment of buying no plastic for a whole year in 2016.
This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn some practical hints and tips on how to reduce plastic in your everyday life. It is also timely as it is the week before the start of “Plastic Free July” - a global initiative to encourage people to “Choose To Refuse” single-use plastic during July.
The school will also share the results and learnings from the Acorn Water Taste Challenge. This has been taking place in the Stroud and Nailsworth Farmers’ Markets in March and May, in order to encourage people not to purchase single-use plastic bottles for water.
We are pleased to announce
The Friends of the Acorn School Fund
The Acorn School is committed to broadening access to our unique, child-centred education. Our school has always been self-funded and has to support itself using school fees.
The 'Friends of The Acorn School’ is dedicated to enabling more young people to experience the education that the Acorn provides by contributing towards their school fees. For every £2367 raised, we are able to contribute 30% towards one student’s school fees for one year.
In addition, as the school wants to actively engage with the broader community by supporting local initiatives, 5% of all funds raised annually by ‘Friends of The Acorn School’ will be donated to a local community initiative in the Nailsworth area.
Please consider supporting ‘The Friends of The Acorn School’ by making a monthly donation.