Grace Garden School officially opened on Wednesday 9th June, and we were delighted to have passed Ofsted’s pre-registration inspection report. Click here to view the report online.

We plan to open our residential provision in our second phase of growth, which is likely to be in 2023. If you are looking for Ruskin Mill Trust residential provision sooner than this date, please contact our Admissions team to discuss other RMT opportunities across the UK.

Please contact us if you wish to visit in the meantime or be sent information about our virtual tour.

Thank you for your patience while we continue to populate the website with more information on Grace Garden school.

At a glance

Executive Principal: Francesca Meynell
Head of Care: 
Not yet appointed
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Edwin Rhodes
Director of Schools:
Tara Gratton
Chair of the Board of Directors: 
Helen Kippax
Catherine Grace Trust
Age range: 
Local Authority: 
City of Bristol
Policies: View the school’s policies and procedures

Address: Canford Lane Bristol BS9 3PE
Telephone: 0117 2033722

Offering a holistic curriculum, 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.

I am extremely excited to be leading this new and innovative provision in Bristol. We are so fortunate to have found a wonderful site for our new school: we have 18 acres of cultivated land on the edge of the city, bursting with potential for our work.

– Francesca Meynell, Head Teacher

The gardens at Grace Garden School with sunflowers and vegetable patches

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.

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.


Grace Garden School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils and staff and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support pupils and staff at school.

Any concerns are passed to the members of staff who are part of our school safeguarding team, led by our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Edwin Rhodes.

The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents and carers about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents and carers.

More information including our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our dedicated safeguarding page.

Grace Garden’s Vision, Aims and Ethos

Our vision is that each child and young person has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with universe, earth and people.

We value inclusive learning and living activities that integrate practical activity, thinking and our emotions. We value mutual respect and we strive to understand all people’s differences and uniqueness. We value the capacity for re-imagination present in all people, towards positive change and development. We value openness, goodwill, tolerance and treating individuals with dignity and respect.

We provide children and young people with holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment.

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