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Three leading Bristol independent schools share their school values and news

Christ Church C of E Primary School, Clifton

We are a successful two form entry primary school in the heart of Clifton, welcoming children from Reception to Year 6. We welcome families of all faiths and those of no faith. We are an inclusive, happy and caring community serving local families and across the city.

Our dedicated staff build strong relationships with the children in our care, providing an enriched curriculum inspiring children to want to come to school every day.

We utilise the rich resource and cultural diversity on our doorstep and as children journey through the school, we provide opportunities for then to understand, make connections and contribute to the place in which they live and beyond. Our school values and ethos support our children to flourish and aspire to do their best.

We still have spaces available in Reception to Year 6. Visit our website at or call the office on 0117 377 2830 to book a tour.

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Bristol Steiner School: Where education is a journey, not a race

Bristol Steiner School is an independent day school for children from the age of 3 to 11 years. Fundamental to the Steiner Waldorf philosophy is the belief in a child-centred, relational approach to learning and a commitment to promoting the development of the whole child. This is embraced and cherished throughout all aspects of life at school, through lived values rooted in the delivery of contextual learning, with true meaning and purpose.

Small class sizes promote the wellbeing and self-belief of each child. There is an authentic and tangible sense of community and culture that cultivates excellence, within a safe environment, in which the children can be curious. Opportunities to explore are embedded throughout the curriculum and this discretely encourages independence, resilience and respect.

Language and oracy play an important part in school life and children participate in activities that enhance this. Mathematics is taught in class and then used across the curriculum in woodwork, handwork and form drawing. Pupils learn science in class and through outdoor learning in the school garden.

Eurythmy is an expressive artform that combines language, music and movement. Physical education, swimming, music and forest school complement the diverse curriculum.

Headteacher Nicola Forder believes that it is these guiding principles that provide the time and space to allow each child to grow and develop an appreciation of themselves and a genuine love of learning, as they journey through the school.

New pupils are accepted throughout the academic year. For more information, contact:

Vishwa Wijedasa
0117 933 9990

Complimentary music lessons at Colston’s Lower School

It’s a well-known fact that learning a musical instrument can prove very beneficial for a child’s development, both academically and socially. Which is why Colston’s Lower School has taken a bold step to introduce complimentary music lessons to all pupils across years 3 to 5, which started this term.

Run by specialist music teacher Mrs Sindy Hackett, each year group will spend a term learning a new instrument, enjoying a timetabled 30-minute lesson a week and the opportunity to take the instrument home to practice, too.

“We are half a term into our exciting new initiative and already the progress and dedication of all our pupils has blown me away,” explains Mrs Hackett. “Year 3 are learning the violin this term and now that they have grasped the basics, the enjoyment I see them get from their development week on week is wonderful. It has been a huge confidence booster for them all.”

Following a musical Christmas concert, Year 3 will then be moving on to try their hand at either the flute or a brass instrument during the Spring term, creating more opportunities for developing confidence and a love of music, too.

To find out more about the school’s music provision and all the other opportunities Colston’s can offer your child, join them at their next working Open Morning on November 19th.

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