A message from the Trustees, dated 11 March 2022

Beechtree has been through a prolonged period of crisis for the last two years. Both the staff team and the board of trustees have worked incredibly hard to ensure Beechtree survives this period. However, it is with much regret that we have to announce that Beechtree will be permanently closing at the end of the Easter term 2022.

 

The challenges brought about by the global pandemic were compounded by a very significant flood in the premises in January 2021 and unfortunately we are now in a position where we can financially no longer meet the costs of running a charity.

 

Beechtree has been such a magical and unique place for so many families for over twenty years, it is truly heart-breaking that we have to close and we are saddened by the impact this then has for Steiner Waldorf Education in Leeds. However, the challenges that we have faced over the last two years have been unprecedented and the wider educational landscape has changed significantly since we started. 

 

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Beechtree since its humble beginnings. The children, the parents and caregivers, the volunteers and of course the staff who have worked so tirelessly to make it look so natural. We are all so grateful to have been a part of this beautiful setting and we say goodbye with love in our heart to all of our supporters and families, past and present. 

 

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Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to Beechtree’s website.

We are an Ofsted registered non-profit early years setting with 20 years experience providing high quality Steiner Waldorf childcare and education.

We currently offer Parent and Child Groups from birth to age 3 years and Kindergarten classes for children aged 3 to 6 years old. 

We provide a welcoming, supportive and nourishing environment for children and their families. Learn more about our community or read testimonials from our parents.

As a non profit organisation, we rely on Fundraising. There are several ways you could help us raise funds for Beechtree and every little bit is very much appreciated. If you would like more information, please visit our Fundraising page.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear about our upcoming events or to learn more about being part of our setting.

Our Vision is to provide Steiner Education for the children of Leeds, with a long term view of providing education for children up to age 18.

Our Aims

  • To cultivate motivated, responsible and competent young people who have a life-long love of learning and a strong sense of the contribution that they can make to society.
  • To create a safe and supportive environment for the children where they can develop and learn so that not only are they prepared for the wider world and thrive while they learn.
  • To allow each child in the setting to progress and develop to their full potential.
  • To ensure that the children are supported by teachers and parents alike.
  • To ensure safeguarding is paramount in all we do.
  • To build a community working together with the children at the centre
  • To have outstanding teachers and staff.
  • Provide a unique pedagogy for our city.

Our Objectives

  • To use the Steiner Waldorf curriculum which is creative, artistic, practical and intellectual and rooted in child development and the use of a weekly, monthly and termly rhythm that is underpinned by the natural seasonal year as a basis of our work.
  • To provide a safe and aesthetic learning environment for our work.
  • Support teachers and staff through a robust supportive and accountable management and self-evaluation structure.
  • To develop partnerships with other school, organisations and businesses to enhance opportunities for learning and training.

Our Values

  • To provide a high level of individual care and time for each child.
  • To ensure that the children are supported by teachers and parents alike.
  • Strong links between home and school for children to experience us working together.
  • Be worthy of imitation in how we talk to each other, how we think about and approach our work so we can work in depth and with integrity.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to Beechtree’s work and we are committed to decolonising the curriculum that we use. Steiner’s writing’s on race are unquestionably racist and imperialist and have no place in any school today. Justification or contextualising what he wrote can distract us from re-orientating our work. We are committed to engaging with diversity authentically and to addressing inequalities and hidden bias in the curriculum and in our practice.

Please follow this link for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship Anti-Racism statement.

You can view our latest OFSTED inspection report and the results of previous ones on our Policies & Reports page.