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Anyone knows where to find Reggio Emilia primary or secondary schools?

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Rita9 Sun 27-Oct-13 09:34:58

Has anyone been successful finding schools that use Reggio Emilia approach (or similar) in the UK? I have tried to google them but couldn't find any. Came across the Family School in South London by chance - which looks like what I would want for DS but we don't want to move to London... Looking for a school that is preferably in a nice little town with lots of parks and woods and maybe by the sea - you get the picture, I am a dreamer

Any ideas? Thank you very much!

Labro Sun 27-Oct-13 13:03:25

I googled and came up with a website called 'sightline initiative' which says its the reference point for this type of education in the UK, may be worth contacting them?

Littlefish Sun 27-Oct-13 16:19:35

Birmingham has lots of Regio Nursery schools, but not sure about Primary schools. Allenscroft children's centre in Birmingham is Regio based and may know about primary schools working in a similar way if you give them a call.

WipsGlitter Sun 27-Oct-13 16:35:36

Reggio philosophy says that you can only have a "Reggio" school in "Reggio" as it uses a whole town approach. But I'm sure you could find one that used a similar approach. Can you break down what it is you like about the approach and look for elements?

Mumtogremlins Mon 28-Oct-13 07:42:06

Our infant school has elements of it I believe. The head has been to Italy and talked about Reggio Emilia. I'm not sure exactly what it is but it is mentioned in the latest reception induction presentation

tabitha8 Mon 28-Oct-13 10:27:52

Barons Ct Primary School in Westcliff on Sea in Essex has elements of Reggio, so it says in a job advert:

Rita9 Mon 28-Oct-13 12:22:19

thank you all for the ideas! I'll keep looking. Barons Court looks nice and (what I can make out from their website) is probably a good state school with some opportunity for individual learning but still too regimented for us - we are considering home education vs schools with a child-led approach, and I don't think state schools would be able to provide an environment that is free and flexible enough as they are tied to the National Curriculum and Key Stages.

I have contacted the sightline initiative, hope to hear from them - if I get anything useful, I will post it here in case there are others interested.

thank you for all the ideas!

Inclusionist Mon 28-Oct-13 17:58:22

What about Bloo House? Not Reggio, but sounds a bit like what you are looking for.

My DS is currently at Meadowbrook which is fab. Montessori has a similar emphasis on children guiding their own learning.

Inclusionist Mon 28-Oct-13 18:02:13

Also Summerhill takes kids from 5 as day pupils if you really want to go for the home-schooled at school feel.

My DS's special school used the Regio Emilia approach, which was fantastic in it's parental involvement. It was too child based for the DC with SN, though, as they would have benefitted from a bit more direction due to their SN. I would have loved the approach for a mainstream school! Was going to suggest Montessori, though not sure about their parental involvement. Good luck.

Chloeoshry Sun 01-Jan-17 19:38:52

The American school in St Johns wood uses the Regio Emilia approach. King Alfred in Hampstead also seems to have a similar approach.

Purplestorm83 Mon 02-Jan-17 17:37:33

Montessori is similar to Reggio is some ways (I actually attended Meadowbrook (mentioned by a pp) as a child and have gone on to become a Montessori teacher). There are a couple of Montessori primarys in Brighton, both with very different approaches, might be worth investigating them?

lynhugo Mon 07-Aug-17 16:27:32

There is a Reggio Emillia nursery, forest school and infant school in worthing uk. It's called Reflections and is open to babies through to age 8 (year 2). My daughter's both go and it's an absolutely fantastic school

Closetlibrarian Thu 10-Aug-17 14:39:43

The Annan School (in East Sussex) is a Froebel School. Is that similar? I know it's very child-centered, small and incorporates a lot of outdoor learning.

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