Help Michael House Steiner School


We are an independent co-ed school in the heart of Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful parkland, our school provides Steiner Waldorf education from birth to 16 years. The school was founded in 1934 by Edith Lewis the daughter of a local factory owner. She wanted to bring Waldorf education to Ilkeston and through the last 83 years the school has been led by dedicated teachers who have continued her legacy to this day.
In recent years the school has struggled financially and in 2015 the school came close to closing. We
receive no funding from the government and our fees simply cover the running costs of our school. We have a strong community and parent body supporting the endeavours of our education and we
are constantly fundraising to help with expenses.


Over the last year we have been working at turning the School round. A very poor inspection report
in January this year was followed by an inspection report in June where huge progress had been
made in all areas seen as weaknesses. School morale has improved enormously and we are ready to
take the School forward and continue the improvements we want to see.  Now, looking to the future, we need your help.  Our school buildings need some TLC to improve their appearance and functionality.  We want to be able to offer our very special kind of education to pupils whose parents might
otherwise find it difficult to afford.  We want to create a 3rd Kindergarten where demand is high and which will in the future provide a solid foundation for the School.
We are reaching out to everyone sharing our wish that the School continues to offer the nurturing and caring education which we pride ourselves in.


Our goal is to reach £25,000.00 by April 1st
Below is a list of what your money will buy.
£10,000 would enable us to offer assisted fees to 4 new children
£10,000 would enable us to repair the bottom corridor of the School
£10.000 would be 1/3rd of the way to creating a new Kindergarten room
£5,000 would enable us to put improved lighting in the hall
£5,000 would enable us to offer assisted fees to 2 new children
£2,500 would be 1/3rd of the way to renewing the surface of the School playground
£2,500 would enable us to furnish the new Kindergarten room
£1,000 would buy enough paint to repaint the exterior of the School
£1,000 would provide a new floor for our additional classroom
£750 will provide Art and Craft resources for one year
£500 will fund Continuing Professional Development opportunities for at least 2 members of staff
£500 would fund plastering a whole corridor
£400 would re-carpet a classroom
£300 would buy sand for our Kindergarten sandpit
£250 would fund an additional school trip
£125 would fund at least one external speaker to enhance the school’s delivery of the curriculum
£115 will pay for a pupil to attend the school for one week
£100 would provide equipment to paint a room
£50 would buy one metre of guttering
£30 would buy a metre of fencing
£15 would buy a roll of loft insulation
£12 would replace a gardening tool that has reached the end of its life
£10 would buy 2 bags of bark chip for our outdoor play areas
  • Victoria Clark 
    • £10 
    • 35 mos
  • Phil Oakland 
    • £10 
    • 35 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £175 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £1,000 
    • 44 mos
  • John Puxty 
    • £10 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Samantha Elton 
Shipley, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Michael House Steiner School 
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