Primary education lays the foundation that children need to become lifelong learners. It helps them to begin to develop an understanding of themselves as individuals. Learning in a Quaker School offers your child a great start to their full-time education.

Quaker philosophy in primary education ensures that children enjoy their studies. They begin to explore the interests and hobbies that they’ll love for the rest of their lives. Children learn the importance of being truthful and respectful to all people, regardless of any differences between them. Quaker schools teach students to be creative and start to question the world around them. They spend time developing their skills both inside and outside the classroom.

What are the benefits to primary education in one of our schools?

Primary education is one of the first stepping blocks on your child’s formal study. How they respond to it has a massive impact on their approach to the rest of their time at school. Children who study in a Quaker school enjoy their lessons and become inquisitive and thoughtful young learners interested in the world around them.

Our schools typically avoid formal SATS testing for students. Each school has its own entry criteria which can include a test of ability. However, these tests are often much more informal and suitably tailored to the student than the nationally standardised examination. Prospective students are invited to spend time in classrooms to ensure the school offers the right learning environment for them.

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It’s during their primary education that children begin to think critically. They start to develop their own individual opinions and identities. In a Quaker school, as well as teaching vital skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and science, children start to learn the values that sit at the heart of the Quaker educational philosophy.

Young students learn the importance of respecting and valuing all people and how to resolve conflict peacefully. Their confidence and ability to communicate blossoms, and, perhaps most importantly, they see that learning can be fun. The majority of students and teachers in our schools don’t identify as a Quaker, but all can share in the morals and teachings of our philosophy.

Many of the institutions listed above have their own Forest Schools. These schools have been specifically designed to teach children specialist outdoor skills, including activities like fire lighting, den building and plant cultivation. Children are taught to be risk aware, not risk averse and can safely explore the outdoors without fear.

Lessons outside the classroom are used to support what’s taught inside the school walls in all Quaker schools. It helps students to develop an interest and connection with the world around them. All students in our schools are able to leave the classroom and pursue outdoor learning. We know how important being immersed in nature is to a child’s development.


Each Quaker school sets its own fees. You can find out how much these are by visiting the school’s website, and please note that these can vary from year to year.

Many of our schools offer scholarships and bursaries to children to help cover the costs of their education. If you’re interested in sending your child to one of our schools but are worried about being able to meet the educational fee, contact the institution directly.

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