Essex primary becomes first state Montessori school

Stebbing Primary School in Dunmow, Essex is the first state school in the UK to be awarded Montessori accreditation.

The Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) was introduced in 2008 to ensure that all schools using the Montessori name in the UK offer high quality education and care to children. The charity is actively encouraging all its members to undergo accreditation.

Headteacher Karen Wallace explains: ‘We have a Montessori ethos throughout the school, evidenced by our ‘family’ atmosphere, our use of exceptional natural surroundings and the calm and respectful way that all members of the school community try and conduct themselves.’

The school has just been awarded a £7000 grant from the trustees of Montessori St Nicholas to help with ongoing development of Montessori teaching and methodology.

Philip Bujak, Chief Executive of Montessori, says: ‘Montessori is now involved with four mainstream primary schools and aims to widen accessibility and grow interest for the approach within the state sector. We look forward to other primary schools contacting us to embark on their own Montessori journey.’

For more information, visit the Montessori website.