Founded in 1979 by a group of likeminded parents, Nant-y-Cwm is one of over 1100 Steiner Waldorf schools, which form the largest independent educational movement in the world. We offer an education which is designed to work with the whole child at each stage of development. We lay great emphasis on a creative approach to all subjects. A Steiner Education at Nant-y-Cwm is fully comprehensive, and enables our pupils to integrate into further education and life as confident and informed individuals.
Our school is located on the banks of the Eastern Cleddau River, surrounded by gardens, orchards, fields and woodland, with our purpose-built Kindergarten across the road, to provide a special space for a child’s imagination to grow. Adjacent is Alt Llwyn Dyfrion Community Woodland, where the children play, picnic, celebrate and explore the natural world.
We have a flourishing school community with around 80 children in the Kindergarten and Main School. We also run a thriving Family Playgroup.
Our main school building was originally a small rural Victorian primary school that had lain empty for years until in 1979, a group of enthusiastic parents and friends bought it. With a lot of hard work, effort and love, they renovated it and extended it, and founded our present Steiner school, beginning with just 3 teachers and a handful of children. Since then 2 further wooden frame buildings and a unique, beautiful kindergarten have been added. Our kindergarten was designed by architect and parent Christopher Day, and built by parents and friends of Nant-y-cwm and it opened in 1991. It was designed with the young child in mind with little cosy corners, small peephole windows, soft rounded walls painted in soft colours. It has attracted many visitors, publicity and won architectural awards.
The school was founded and continues to grow with the dedication and courage of many teachers and families who over the years have recognised through their children a need for a sensitive and enlightened education. Through their struggles and joys a creative and educational community has flourished.
In June 2019, Nant-y-Cwm Steiner School was inspected by Estyn. Their report is available to download:
Nant Y Cwm Steiner School Estyn Report 2019