School’s bid to end its £3,000 fees

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AN alternative school is looking to become Calderdale first free school.

The move has come from the Steiner School and Kindergarten, Cragg Vale.

An application has been made and school chiefs are waiting for a decision from the Department for Education.

The details were discussed at a meeting of Calderdale Council’s Academies Working Party.

David Whalley, head of learning, said the school currently charged around £3,000 per child but charges would be removed if the application was succesful.

Funding would instead come from the Government.

The first class of children aged six and seven will be from this year’s kindergarten group with an extra year of new pupils will be added each September.

The kindergarten will continue to cater for three to six-year- olds.

Steiner education, founded by Austrian academic Rudolf Steiner more than 80 years ago, focuses on development of children in school socially and emotionally as well as intellectually.

The same teacher stays with the class throughout their schooling which the school says forms a strong bond of trust, love and respect.

The curriculum will include handiwork, movement, art, drama, woodwork, science, languages, music and gardening.