Welcome to Avanti Hall School. It is my honour on behalf of the students, staff, and Trust to welcome you to our school.

Avanti Hall School is a state-funded all-through school serving a broad community across Exeter and beyond. Having initially been founded in 2013 as one of three state-funded Steiner Waldorf schools in the southwest, the school was adopted into the family of Avanti Schools Trust in November 2019. With a curriculum review now underway we are poised to garner the strengths of the Waldorf curriculum and the creativity and uniqueness of the school’s current provision within the commitment to excellence, character and devotion of the Avanti Way.

In the interim, the skill, resilience and imagination of the school’s staff and teaching teams are continuing to serve the pupils who come to this stunning site each day. The school sits in impressive grounds to the north of Exeter amidst a cluster of woodland and trees that might ordinarily be part of an arboretum. Our school site lends itself perfectly to a current curriculum commitment to ‘Landcraft’ – a currently unexamined subject taken all the way to year 11 and involving a range of craft, design and forest school projects that support students in their journey to discover both themselves and their environment.

A wide range of extra-curricula activities enhance students’ experience at the school, (from a Coding Club, Gymnastics Club, Dungeons and Dragons club, Magistrates Court Mock Trial team, and Chess Club) and further enable students to develop their own characters and unfold themselves as authentic and free-thinking individuals.

This summer’s GCSE results were not only respectable, but also saw a remarkable 38% of entrants for Art & Design GCSE receiving a Grade 9 (compared to 3% nationally), reflecting an aspect of our lineage and pedagogy in the Art of Education. Our current curriculum review will ensure that the balance of head, hand and heart also enables a strong level of attainment and progress in all subjects in all phases. With 70% entry to English Baccalaureate subjects (compared to about 40% nationally), the depth and breadth of education at this school form a strong foundation and make it well placed to become increasingly relevant for a broader conversation on education.

Welcome, to this journey of discovery.

Paul Hougham, Acting Principal