Is Edinburgh Steiner School a ‘faith’ school?

No. Edinburgh Steiner School is non-denominational and welcomes pupils and parents of all faiths and none. While many of the Christian festivals are celebrated throughout the year—something which reflects the broadly Christian demographic of Scotland—Steiner/Waldorf education is not connected to any specific religion, and other religious festivals, such as Diwali, are also celebrated within the school.


Anthroposophy, the philosophy which informs Steiner/Waldorf education, is a set of ideas which is ‘spiritual’ in nature: seeking an approach which is non-material and universal, as opposed to sets of ideals which might be exclusive or dogmatic. In Steiner/Waldorf schools, including our own, anthroposophy is not taught to the pupils.