Steiner school scheme attracts 'huge interest'
ENOUGH parents have declared an interest in sending their children to a proposed Bristol free school to fill it five times over.
That's the claim from Joe Evans, who is leading a bid to open a Steiner school in the city in September 2014.
Mr Evans and a team of backers have just submitted their 150-page vision for the school to the Government to meet a January 4 deadline.
Now they must prepare for an interview with officials from the Department for Education (DfE) in March which will determine whether their plans are given the green light.
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Mr Evans says 850 parents have expressed an interest in their children joining the school, to be called Steiner Academy Bristol.
With the level of interest shown, Mr Evans said the school could be filled five times over based on the proposed intake for the school in its first two years.
Parents from as far afield as Pembrokeshire have declared an interest, with one even pledging to move to the city from Wales if the school were to open.
The majority of parents interested in sending their children to the proposed school are from Easton and the Southville, Bedminster and Totterdown areas.
In its application to the DfE, the team of parents and teachers behind the plans have earmarked the former Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Easton as their preferred site.
The former college site in Marksbury Road, Bedminster, has also been identified as a possible alternative, but it has been deemed an unlikely option as the city council has already expressed a desire to create a new primary school on the site.
Mr Evans said: "We are really pleased to have got the application in. We feel we've done a good job and done everything we could have at this stage.
"But however good your application is, there can be things going on at the other end which means it can get selected or rejected."
If it is successful, the school will eventually cater for 650 children aged from five to 16.
Steiner education, based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, is the largest independent alternative educational movement in the world.
Those behind Steiner Academy Bristol want the new school to be a creative, colourful place with green outdoor spaces, with children learning and playing outdoors as much as possible.
They want children to learn at least one foreign language from age six and will place an emphasis on drama and music.