As the first Quaker school in England, it is evident that, while the school has embraced many changes over the years, the roots are still embedded in the Quaker traditions of truth, peacefulness, simplicity and equality. Quakerism is essentially a practical form of Christianity, with core values and emphasis being placed on how people live their lives and how they treat each other. As such, pupils of all creeds and beliefs are welcomed. The Walden School motto, Per Ardua Ad Alta – meaning “Through hard work, great things are achieved” – is reflected within the vibrant classrooms. Here, pupils are encouraged to work hard and always try their very best, while realising their individual talent and potential.
Walden School is a medium-sized co-educational day and boarding school for rising threes through to 18 years. It is located on the fringes of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, within a picturesque 30-acre site, in the historic north Essex town of Saffron Walden.
The school has a caring atmosphere, with a strong sense of community, and an average class size of 17. Priding itself on getting to know every child personally, its intention is that every teacher should be able to name every child at the school, which can accommodate 450 pupils in total across all age groups.
Walden School offers a well-rounded education, bolstered by the ethos to seek out the individual talents of every child - since every child is unique - and ensure no one is lost in the system.