Grace Garden School exterior in the summer


Head Teacher: Francesca Meynell
Director of Schools and Governance: Tara Gratton
Age range: 9-16
Local Authority: Bristol
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Offering a holistic curriculum for both day and residential placements, Grace Garden School is set in 18 acres of cultivated landscape on the outskirts of Bristol. It offers an education to young people between the ages of 9 – 16 with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including Autism Spectrum conditions.

Grace Garden School provides a contemporary outdoor learning approach, with the focus on experiential learning. This programme of study is interwoven with the mandatory outcomes of the National Schools Curriculum. Our young people engage with learning and development through a whole-person approach to education that draws on the insights of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris. The curriculum focuses on making, doing and creating, taking part in meaningful activities that engage hand, head and heart.

The gardens at Grace Garden School with sunflowers and vegetable patches
The gardens at Grace Garden School

All children and young people have a carefully planned programme of study, developed through collaboration between the education, therapy and care teams, along with the child and young person’s family and wider support network.

Our experienced residential team will offer a full living skills plan that includes all aspects of the household, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, health and wellbeing. Social interaction and contribution to the community will be a key focus in our young people’s development through their practical skills, leisure activities and festivals.

Although we are inspired by Rudolf Steiner, we are a non-denominational school and our calendar of celebrations reflects the diversity of both the local and global community. Grace Garden School will endeavour to ensure that its children and young people move into adulthood with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and understanding of what is a meaningful contribution to our society.


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