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23 February 2007 @ 06:54 pm
Star Sade backs bid for private school to go free  
One more Sade related news from the Islington Gazette.

Star Sade backs bid for private school to go free

21 February 2007


POP diva Sade is behind a campaign to broaden access to an private school - where pupils do not learn to read until the age of six or seven.

The Steiner School, in St Paul's Church, on the corner of Essex Road and St Paul's Road, Islington, currently only educates children - including the offspring of some of the borough's celebrities - whose mums and dads can afford to pay.

But teachers, parents and the school's patron Sade, a Highbury resident, want the private school to be free of charge.

Sade - known for her hits Smooth Operator and No Ordinary Love - said: "I support St Paul's bid to become London's first state-funded Steiner school so this wonderful education can be an option for all families.

"I am impressed with the richness of the curriculum and I hope it will soon be a choice for London children, much as it is for children in the other major cities in Europe."

St Paul's Steiner School, which has 200 pupils, opened 13 years ago. It is one of around 800 schools in the world to follow the teachings of philosopher Rudolph Steiner, who founded his first school in 1919 in Stuttgart.

Pupils do not start formal learning - including reading, writing and arithmetic - until the age of six or seven.

Early discussions between CEA@Islington, which runs the borough's state schools and St Paul's Steiner School have begun.

Councillor Ursula Woolley, Islington's executive member for children, said: "Big plans for the future of education are already in place. The council is discussing proposals with the school and the Department for Education and Skills.
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