Head Masters' Welcome

At the Acorn, the child is at the centre of every decision that is made, and it is a pleasure to see the happiness of each pupil as they navigate their way through their school life. With small class sizes (maximum 16 children), strong parent-teacher relationships and a balanced male/female teacher ratio, we are able to ensure that each pupil’s individual needs are nurtured, inspiring them to follow their dreams and be who they want to be.

We would love to welcome you to come and see what makes The Acorn School so special, so please do contact us to arrange a visit, where you will have the opportunity to meet our students, teachers and parents, and to see our school in action.

Barney and James

The Headmasters

The Acorn Story

Located in the Cotswolds, The Acorn School was founded by Graeme and Sarah Whiting in 1991 and moved to its current location on Church Street in Nailsworth in 1993. Drawing on experienced teaching from a variety of different educational systems, Acorn was created to provide its students with a forward-thinking, holistic education enabling them to realise their true potential in a supportive environment.

Today, we pride ourselves on offering an exciting and fulfilling educational experience that, through our unique curriculum and excellent teaching, sees our young people become confident and conscientious achievers. Everyday learning at The Acorn School is an adventure and our students are able to explore the array of subjects that they are taught without the pressures of external examinations. Using the results of our progressive upper school programme, with its unique internal assessment system, all our students who have wished to apply to university have been offered places, and those who have opted to pursue a vocational route have thrived.

Who we inspire

Children and Young People aged 6-18

Lower School

Where developing literacy and numeracy is balanced with the cultivation of the imagination and practical skills, using a child-centred and experiential educational approach.

Middle School

Students explore exciting topics, from science and mathematics, to art and drama, together with a progressive outdoor education curriculum.

Upper School

An expansive and academically thorough programme, supported by a multitude of experiential educational activities from European culture trips to rock climbing.


Acorn Speaker Series
  • Jan 23rd Liz Bonnin, from BBC’s Drowning in Plastic, for students and special guests
  • June 26th Living Without Plastic with Claudi Williams Stroud-based community activitist
Acorn Plastic Project: Water Taste Test
  • Saturday 2nd March 9.00am - 2.00pm Stroud Farmers’ Market
  • Saturday 23rd March 9.00am - 2.00pm Nailsworth Farmers’ Market
  • Saturday 4th May 9.00am - 2.00pm Stroud Farmers’ Market
  • Saturday 25th May 9.00am - 2.00pm Nailsworth Farmers’ Market
The Headmasters

Acorn Open & Experience Days

The Acorn School attracts progressive parents who are highly invested in their children’s schooling and who believe there is more to education than working towards narrow results. The Acorn School provides a unique education that encourages free-thinking, creativity and a love of learning.

Open Mornings 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • First Monday June & July
  • Third Thursday May & June
Experience Days: 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM
  • Saturday June 1st The Acorn School
2 Day Upper School Experience: 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM
  • May 30th - 31st The Acorn School

Prospective parents are warmly invited to attend the forthcoming Open or Experience Days. If you are interested in finding out more, please don’t hesitate to telephone to arrange a personal tour on a school day.

The Headmasters

My Acorn

Parents - Mary (full-time Mum) and Edward (Software Engineer)

"We like the fact that the children are helped to develop in mind, body and spirit. The time that is invested in their school work shines through when you speak to them or look at their workbooks. The 'no screen' approach has encouraged them to amuse themselves in different ways from reading, knitting, woodwork to baking and cooking. Although we are moving to pastures new (for personal reasons), we plan to keep in close contact with the school and when we can we will be attending the fairs, plays etc that are put on every year. If you are considering The Acorn School, our advice will be to take the leap and attend an experience day and we are happy to speak to potential families about our experience and answer any questions you might have."


Our Parents Say...

My Acorn

Parents - Julie (Gilded Frame Restorer) and Simon (Master Picture Framer)

"The Acorn School has inspired our son to care enormously about the quality and content of his learning and work.  His artistic abilities have been nurtured throughout and he has developed a great interest in outdoor pursuits and sports.

The early years at school have supported his imagination and the broad ranging upper school curriculum has produced a ‘well-rounded’ individual, comfortable and at ease with everyone he meets."