Lumiar Stowford, in Wingfield, Wiltshire, is currently running as an education project for 3 days per week for up to 30 children, aged 5 – 10 years old. We are in the process of applying to become a small independent school and when this is approved we will run for 5 days per week.
Our vision is to create a school that allows children to flourish academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. Our educational approach helps students to develop a love of learning, to be responsible for directing their own learning, to be empowered to create positive change, and to be part of and contribute to, a happy and healthy community. As a central part of our vision and ethos, we will encourage children to look after themselves, each other, their communities (both locally and globally) and the natural world.
“Lumiar is fun, varied, creative, there’s less pressure on me, I’m outdoors more, there’s more choice and more freedom to be myself. I get to choose what I want to do for my individual project. It’s a great place to be!"
- Lumiar Stowford Student
Example of Lumiar Stowford Project
The Lumiar Stowford "Bake Off" and "Pop-Up Cafe"
This was a child initiated project to run a Bake Off competition over 5 weeks, with the finale taking place at a Pop-Up cafe. Some of those children who entered their cakes and food into the competition also had a masterclass with a chef at a local vegan restaurant. The project Incorporated many aspects of learning. For those who took part in the competition, they had to research their recipes, supporting school-home collaborative learning, to prepare their culinary delights each week and share with the rest of school. The children tasting each dish were involved in the voting process, which enabled them to understand how to provide positive feedback to their peers, how to appreciate the level of
risk and effort in each entry, as well as the taste and presentation! The Pop-Up Cafe aspect of the project involved literacy in the writing of menus, invitations, posters and taking orders from the customers on the day. The children were able to apply mathematics in the costing of supplies, pricing and trading on the day. The children also learnt valuable skills of team interaction including how to deal with challenge if some members of the team didn't work as hard as others. They also learned the importance of behaving professionally with guests and had the opportunity to develop their social skills by
interacting with people that they didn't know.
Specific roles were chosen by each child. There were kitchen staff who plated up the food and made the drinks, cashiers who took money and gave change, waiters who took orders writing on their own pads created for the day, and servers who brought out the orders. The children also had to tidy up after the session. As part of our ethos of working within our local community, residents from a local care home were invited. They were judges in the Bake Off competition, tasting and marking the dishes presented by the final three contestants. "Such a beautiful day and such bright, lovely children"; said one of the residents Mary Jones, "I'll remember this day always."
The event came together beautifully. The children had to communicate with each other and work under pressure! They did a great job and there were many happy customers. Afterwards there was a session to reflect on what went well and what could be developed and improved next time. After the event the children celebrated their profit of £140 by going for a walk along the river and paddling in the water!
Come talk to us
Lumiar Stowford is based at a stunning rural location on a working farm in Wiltshire, near to the towns of Bath, Frome, Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon. The site at Stowford Manor Farm provides access to numerous unique learning opportunities for the Lumiar Stowford students.
Find us here: Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield BA14 9LH